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(Updated 9:30 a.m., Jan. 2)
Orléans revellers eager to get the New Year started

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

Friends 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

Goodbye 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.

Over 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.

2017 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.

“We’re bringing Orléans to downtown Ottawa,” Steele said amid the revelry.

As for making any New Year’s resolutions, Steele said that he wants to try and eat healthier.

“More 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.”

Local 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.

“In 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.

Karen 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.

Tina Arvanitis has been making the same New Year’s resolution for the past 17 years.

“To 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.”

Her 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.

“That’s what it’s all about, a new beginning and my resolution is to spend more time with my family.

This 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.

For Stephane Presseault and Denise Jodoin it was the perfect way to start the New Year.

“It was pretty good, especially the first two guys,” said Presseault.

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





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