Helping out Vittoria Trattoria

On Friday, April 12th, Vittoria Trattoria in the Byward Market was victim of a devastating fire.

Opened in 1996, this Ottawa institution has branched out to two more locations, Riverside Drive and on Richmond Road.

Partners Domenic Santaguida, Stacey Santaguida and Harjeet Singh plan on rebuilding the Byward Market location. That is good news.

However, it is small comfort for over 50 employees who are now without work for the immediate future.The owners are thinking about opening “pop up” locations in the ByWard Market, renting space here and there to serve their delicious italian fare.

This could help provide some work for the VT staff during the rebuilding, which is optimistically estimated to take eight to twelve months.

Losing your only source of income and facing the unknown is no doubt devastating.

So to help offset some expenses for those affected by this unfortunate event, the Senate Tavern is hosting a staff benefit, with all proceeds going directly to the Vittoria Trattoria staff.

Good on them for stepping up.

The benefit will take place at The Senate Tavern, located at 33 Clarence, on Wednesday April 24th at 7pm.

Advance tickets are sold here for $10. Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.

If you cannot make it or would like to donate in advance, you can do so by dropping by either Senate Tavern, on Bank or Clarence Street.

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