Look out, Hills residents: Old Chelsea is officially a hub for dining in the Ottawa region. The Low Down has learned that Bob McAdam and Carrie Wallace of Hendrick Farm and well-known Ottawa restaurateur Ion Aimers have taken over the property formerly occupied by Soupe Herbe and will be opening a brand new eatery.
What kind of eatery? That is yet to be determined. Aimers, who launched the wildly popular The Works in 2001 before selling it off a few years ago, said he will let the new chef – who is yet to be chosen – decide. “When I sold The Works, I really wanted to use that success to make others successful,” he said. “It wasn’t about making myself successful.”
Aimers likes to let the chefs make the decisions, as evidenced in all of his Ottawa restaurants, including ZaZaZa, Fraser Café, and Wilf & Ada’s. New on the scene is Segue, which will be opening on Bank St. Aimers picked up a former chef from Beckta and they decided to create an upscale eatery that highlights seasonal cuisine. Hills residents can expect something along these lines for Aimers’ Chelsea location. “All the restaurants that I’m involved with are fresh cuisine,” said Aimers. “We’re talking about fresh, made-from-scratch cuisine.”
Fresh can be easy when all you need to do is go across the street to Hendrick Farm for veggies. “We’re so excited about what we can offer in terms of being neighbours with Hendrick’s Farm,” said Aimers. “That’s huge for [chefs].”
McAdam also likes that aspect. “It gives us a chance to have an outlet for the organic vegetables we are growing on the farm,” he said.