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(Posted 7:30 a.m., May 22)
Sens playoff run a
boom for local bars,
restaurants
By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline.ca

It’s a great time of year to be an Ottawa Senators fan. Underdogs heading into the playoffs, the Sen have managed to amass series victories over the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers, before taking on the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the East Conference final.

And despite their team falling behind 3-2 in the series after a 7-0 loss on Sunday, Sens’ fans were still hoping their team would rebound when the series returns to Ottawa for Game 6 on Tuesday and force a possible Game 7.

A pair of local Sens fans take in Game 6 of the East Conference final at Jonny Canuck's on Sunday. Orléans-area bars and restaurants report doing brisk business during the Ottawa Senators playoff run.. Fred Sherwin/Photo

It’s been a great run for Senators fans and an even better run for local bar and restaurant owners and their staff who are direct beneficiaries of the team’s success.

Several of the local establishments contacted by the Orléans Star for this article reported doing brisk business since the playoffs began, especially when the Sens are playing.

“It’s been huge. Absolutely,” said Jonny Canuck’s general manager Brandon Sharpe. “We’ve been jammed for every game. Sunday’s game was a bit light because of the long weekend, but it was still busier than if there was no game.”

Innes Road Boston Pizza manager Chamila Fernando also reports a boost in business since the Sens’ playoff run began.

“On Friday, we had a lineup going out the door,” says Fernando, referring to game four of the Sens-Pens series on May 19. “Orléans has a lot of Sens fans and Boston Pizza is a great place to come to watch the game.”

Jacques Richer brought his wife, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and five other family members to Boston Pizza to watch Game 5 on Sunday.

“We normally go to each other’s house to watch the game, but we came here to watch one of the games against the Rangers and the atmosphere was so great we decided to come back,” said Richer.

Cheering on the Sens with a bar full of fellow Sens fans is one of the reasons why Brandon Jordan came to Jonny Canuck’s on Sunday.

“It’s great. It’s a good atmosphere. Everyone here are diehard fans. It would be better if they were winning right now, but I already have tickets for Game 6,” Jordan said during Sunday’s loss.

Should the Sens bounce back to win Game 6, you can bet that the local bars will be packed with Sens fans hoping to either celebrate a series victory, or share in their collective pain.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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