A lot can happen in a year. It’s not until you really start taking account of everything that you notice all the incredible changes and events that brought us here. For the family at North and Navy, 2015-2016 was — as cliché as it sounds — a whirlwind. Between spending the latter part of 2014 in a fog of drywall and renovations, to the grand opening on February 18, 2015, we barely had time to catch our collective breath.
Since working together at Fratelli’s, opening a restaurant was always a dream for North and Navy co-owners, Chris and Adam, so when the opportunity presented itself to open a space at 226 Nepean St., they obviously had to take charge.
After many sleepless and productive nights of planning, the restaurant began to take shape, between creating unique and flavourful plates that Ottawa has never seen before and developing an aesthetic inspired by the bacari of Northern Italy, those sleepless nights would soon become one of Ottawa’s (and Canada’s) top new restaurants of 2015.
Since officially opening on that cold day in February we have experienced more than many restaurants hope to see in their lifetime. From hosting dignitaries and celebrities, and even the Prime Minister and his wife, to be honoured by Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine as one of the nominees for their “Best New Restaurant” award, we’ve been completely humbled by the response and support from the food community.
Setting up shop in the former location of one of Ottawa’s most renowned restaurants could have been risky, but with a great team and amazing clientele, our first year has been a resounding success.
We’ve been honoured as the location for many a birthday party this year as well as some amazing high profile events with organizations we admire such as Herd Magazine, Ladies Who Lunch and most recently the team at Stovetrotter. Our King’s Table upstairs was even used for a beautiful private wedding reception earlier in the year.
One of the most incredible parts of our year was the fantastic press we received through word of mouth. Arguably the best compliment a business can have is a recommendation from a customer, this is increased tenfold when that business is a restaurant.
Along with an incredible support from our friends, family and clientele was the support online. North and Navy was celebrated in The Ottawa Citizen, Herd Magazine, Ottawa Magazine as well as other numerous blogs and online publications.
It’s this kind of year that makes us sit back this week, and look at all that was accomplished in our first year as a restaurant. It also makes us eager and thirsty for more to come.