A couple of months ago I blogged about Rasputins – a folkie institution in Ottawa, Canada. It was a great session friendly and welcoming to a visiting musician from Downunder.

Rasputins cafe, Ottawa

It seems I was fortunate indeed to get to experience a celtic folk session there, as the folk restaurant suffered an arson attack and $300,000 damage on 6 July. And now it has closed its doors.

Owner Dean Verger opened the restaurant on 1 May 1981 after completing a business degree, and as a musician himself, it wasn’t long before there were regular music sessions and shows. The 40 seat restaurant has been an institution ever since. After initially stating that he would reopen the restaurant within a couple of months, it now appears that the final blow has been dealt for this business as Verger has since announced his retirement. This is indeed a sad end to a 25 year folk landmark.

Thanks to the Ottawa Citizen for the report.