Highlander Pub closing Rideau Street location

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A popular Rideau Street pub says it’s closing its downtown location after an 18-year run on the edge of the ByWard Market.

The Highlander Pub announced the “difficult decision” on social media Thursday – one day before bars and restaurants in Ottawa and many other parts of Ontario are allowed to reopen patios and outdoor dining areas.

The bar, known for its extensive whisky selection that it bills as Ottawa’s largest, says it will move its collection of single-malt scotch to its other location, Deacon Brodies on Elgin Street.

The announcement comes several days after another ByWard Market business, SmoQue Shack, said it would permanently close its downtown location.

Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury was quoted Thursday as saying the city and local BIA were exploring various measures to support restaurants, bars and other ByWard Market businesses. This includes street closures that would allow for larger patios and give pedestrians more space to physically distance from one another.