7:30 a.m., May 22)
playoff run a
boom for local bars,
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
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
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 teams success.
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.
been huge. Absolutely, said Jonny Canucks
general manager Brandon Sharpe. Weve been
jammed for every game. Sundays game was a bit light
because of the long weekend, but it was still busier than
if there was no game.
Road Boston Pizza manager Chamila Fernando also reports
a boost in business since the Sens playoff run began.
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
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.
normally go to each others 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.
on the Sens with a bar full of fellow Sens fans is one
of the reasons why Brandon Jordan came to Jonny Canucks
great. Its 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 Sundays loss.
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
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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