Metcalfe’s Main Street Grill & Pizzeria reduced to rubble in early morning fire

All that remains of the Metcalfe Bar & Grill after this morning's blaze. Courtesy photo by Jason Isaac

METCALFE — This community has been “gutted” after fire ripped through and destroyed a popular eatery and gathering place, a longtime resident says.

Metcalfe’s Main Street Grill & Pizzeria was completely engulfed in flames during the three-alarm fire that drew Ottawa firefighters to the Victoria Street address shortly after 1 a.m. this morning.

A passing snowplow operator noticed the building was on fire and called 9-1-1, says Jason Isaac, whose parents live down the street from the establishment and noticed the smell of smoke at around the same time.

The restaurant as it appeared most recently.

“Mom was going to call 9-1-1 and then she saw the first firetrucks go by. They had 10 trucks down there — including two water tankers. It took them two and a half hours to put it out,” Jason Isaac told Nation Valley News. “It’s total devastation.”

Despite local competition, the aging restaurant — also known as Main Street Bar & Grill — continued to draw its regulars each week. “On Friday nights the entire congregation of Metcalfe Anglican Church would go down there for a group dinner. And you would have the hunting guys and retired guys from Hydro Ottawa there every morning.

Dinner at the Metcalfe Bar & Grill. Courtesy photo by Jason Isaac

“The locals always went there, no matter what. It’s going to be a giant gaping hole in the downtown of Metcalfe now.”

Isaac says the building was an icon of Metcalfe’s retail history, having been a general store for decades before a former owner turned it into a restaurant.

No one was injured in the fire, and the Ottawa Fire Services continues to investigate the blaze.

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