Ottawa’s Hintonburger moving into Vibe Lounge space

Hintonburger, the popular Hintonburg burger joint with meals named after nearby streets such as The Parkdale and The Armstrong, may soon need to add The Somerset to its menu as today it announced plans to move to a larger space a few blocks down from its current location.

In a post on its Facebook page, the restaurant said it would soon be moving from its current 1096 Wellington St. W., location – a former KFC – down the road to 1066 Somerset St W., the current location of Vibe Lounge & Bistro.

The post said the move would include an expanded indoor seating space and patio, with a move-in date still to come. Until then, it reads, it will be “burger biz as usual.”

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The new space represents the latest expansion for Hintonburger, which got its start in a small shack at 991 Wellington St W. Tom Williams launched the burger joint in 2010 before moving to its current location in 2012.

At that time, SuzyQ Doughnuts took over the shack until its move to 969 Wellington St. W.  in 2016. Mr. Williams took the shack back at that time to open up Wassup Dog, a specialty hotdog outfit. He also runs Cardinal Ice Cream with co-founder Andrea Stokes from the cold storage attached to the building.

Vibe is leaving the Somerset street space after community associations successfully lobbied the city license committee to revoke its operating permits. The restaurant’s food premise license was suspended in December following a nearby shooting death, and the committee decided in January to remove it permanently, in addition to its liquor license.

The building’s landlord has refused to renew any leases to Vibe, which will need to leave the premises by March 31.

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