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  • New eatery Otto to open in Norwood in December

    When Ed Donszelmann decided to open his new restaurant, Otto, he knew what he wanted.

    “A neighbourhood meeting place is so what I want it to be,” says Donszelmann, who is still busy with last-minute construction on-site.

    Donszelmann’s parents were from Holland. The McCauley resident and former co-owner of Culina Mill Creek hopes to create the kind of restaurant so common in Amsterdam and other European cities. It will be something that feels like a home-away-from home, where you can meet friends, or swing around by yourself for coffee or a glass of wine, or a full meal complemented by local craft beer.

    Due to open at the beginning of December, Otto seems poised to provide just that sort of cosy retreat. It has 50 seats (with another 10 on the patio come summer). The decor is casual, with a wooden community table surrounded by classroom chairs (which the owner picked up at Habitat for $5 each). There are also numerous comfortable booths and a row of seats at the bar. A giant blackboard with the restaurant’s logo (a bicycle) will feature the simple menu.

    Sausages form the bulk of the offerings, made by local chef, wiener-stuffer and charcuterie king, Steve Furgiuele. Customers will be able to order a sausage with a number of sides, including fresh rolls and sauerkraut. Otto head chef Thomas Spacinsky (formerly of Culina Mill Creek), plus chef Cindy Lazarenko (Culina Family) and chef Darcy Radies (The Glass Monkey) have been consulting on the menu, so it’s bound to be excellent.

    Local craft beers including Bent Stick will be stocked, plus a few choices for wine and a couple of cocktails. Expect reasonable prices.

    “Because we’re in Norwood, my goal was to have it financially accessible,” says Donszelmann, who lives just a few blocks from the restaurant.

    Otto is at 11405 95 St.

    http://edmontonjournal.com/life/food...od-in-december

  • #2
    ^Super excited for this, great for that community.
    www.decl.org

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    • #3
      "Financially accessible". Interesting phrasing. Great food doesn't need to be expensive. It'll probably get overrun by hipsters, but I hope this allows those less flush with cash to get some good eats without having to break the bank.

      Edit: I invite Dawg to rewrite this post using his words. I need a chuckle.
      "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction" - Blaise Pascal

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      • #4
        Oh boy, another local restaurant that appears to be vegetarian-unfriendly at best, downright hostile at worst (or wurst).

        Ah well, maybe my folks'll like it.
        Giving less of a damn than ever… Can't laugh at the ignorant if you ignore them!

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        • #5
          Most of Europe is hostile to vegetarians, so this is true to the concept. If you don't want meat and potatoes, you're probably best to not go to a meat and potatoes restaurant.
          "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction" - Blaise Pascal

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          • #6
            ^^You need to hang out in the Arhat friendly part of town.
            Did my dog just fall into a pothole???

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Chmilz View Post
              Most of Europe is hostile to vegetarians, so this is true to the concept. If you don't want meat and potatoes, you're probably best to not go to a meat and potatoes restaurant.
              I'm gonna correct you on that. Europeans (specially the U. K.) are way ahead when it comes to vegetarian dishes in restaurants. They have a diverse population and a fair amount of them are vegetarians or eat vegetarian dishes at times. I have a vegetarian in the family (must have been switched at birth) and they said they found a way bigger percentage of restaurants there had a good choice for vegetarian dishes, supermarkets too.
              Gone............................and very quickly forgotten may I add.

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              • #8
                Ooh! Thanks for the tip.
                “It’s so beautiful. What sort of bird is that?”

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                • #9
                  https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...-be-vegetarian


                  Last paragraph (will not let me copy\paste) of ^ article states the U.K. is one of the easiest places to be a vegetarian. Article also mentions other places were vegetarians can eat well.
                  Gone............................and very quickly forgotten may I add.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gemini View Post
                    Originally posted by Chmilz View Post
                    Most of Europe is hostile to vegetarians, so this is true to the concept. If you don't want meat and potatoes, you're probably best to not go to a meat and potatoes restaurant.
                    I'm gonna correct you on that. Europeans (specially the U. K.) are way ahead when it comes to vegetarian dishes in restaurants. They have a diverse population and a fair amount of them are vegetarians or eat vegetarian dishes at times. I have a vegetarian in the family (must have been switched at birth) and they said they found a way bigger percentage of restaurants there had a good choice for vegetarian dishes, supermarkets too.
                    I was personally talking about non-UK, actual Europe. Just spend a bunch of my summer in central Europe, with both vegetarians and a couple gluten idiots. Even in touristy areas there wasn't much for vegetarian options other than potatoes and sauerkraut, and "gluten-free" was completely foreign to them.

                    UK and Scandinavian countries are probably more into that foofy crap, but continental Europe doesn't seem to pay much attention to it.
                    "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction" - Blaise Pascal

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                    • #11
                      Reading the description of the place makes me really miss Culinary Mill Creek. If this place is as good as that was, it'll be a gem in Norwood for years to come.
                      They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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                      • #12
                        Top_Dawg knows you mean Culina.

                        But Culinary Mill Creek.



                        Makes Top_Dawg laugh.

                        An area known for its epicurean sanctums.

                        Like Route 99.

                        And Humpty's.

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                        • #13
                          Ah, yeah, darn iPad auto-correction.
                          They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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