9:30 a.m., Jan. 2)
revellers eager to get the New Year started
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
2017. Hello 2018. The prospect of a fresh start had many
revellers in a giddy mood Sunday night as they crowded
local bars and restaurants to ring in the New Year.
Ken Johnstone and Karen Knights were among
the 100-plus people who rang in the New Year
at the OCCO Kitchen restaurant on Innes Road
on Sunday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo
100 people gathered at the OCCO Kitchen restaurant on
Innes Road to ring in the New Year with delicious appetizers,
champagne, music and dancing served up by the restaurant’s
owner, chef and host for the evening, Mark Steele.
was a very good year for the celebrated epicurean, but
the New Year should be even better as he and his co-owners
plan to open a third location. On the heels of the success
of the Innes Road restaurant, which opened to rave reviews
in May 2016, Steele and company plan to open a restaurant
in the Albert at Bay Suite Hotel by late spring.
bringing Orléans to downtown Ottawa,” Steele said amid
for making any New Year’s resolutions, Steele said that
he wants to try and eat healthier.
vegetables and less red meat,” said Steele, who also admits
he has a soft spot for craft beer. “It’s my one weakness,
but that’s a hard one to give up.”
real estate agent Jason Pilon’s resolution is to spend
more time with his daughters Emily and Grace who both
play Tier 1 soccer with the Cumberland Cobras.
the real estate business you’re work-ing almost every
weekend, but it shouldn’t be an excuse. You have to make
the time,” said Pilon.
Knights wasn’t planning on making any resolutions. “It’s
a waste of time, life is too short,” said the Orléans
resident who does plan to visit the Roatan Islands off
the coast of Honduras for two weeks in April.
Arvanitis has been making the same New Year’s resolution
for the past 17 years.
get healthier.” Arvanitis said during the after party
at the Shenkman Art Centre’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Night.
“It’s always a good goal, and I’m going to keep trying.”
partner Brian Horvath didn’t wait for the dawn of a New
Year to make a fresh start. Earlier in the day he shaved
off his beard and mustache after having them for more
than 30 years.
what it’s all about, a new beginning and my resolution
is to spend more time with my family.
is the second year the Shenkman Arts Centre has brought
in comedians to help ring in the New Year, and the event
had been sold out for weeks.
Stephane Presseault and Denise Jodoin it was the perfect
way to start the New Year.
was pretty good, especially the first two guys,” said
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