Ethiopian Cafe celebrates Senators and all that is Canadian

Lily Kassahoun, a former Ottawa resident and ByWard Market restaurant manager who recently opened a restaurant in Addis Ababa called Oh Canada, whose Canuck theme runs throughout the space and where hockey is front and centre. (Photo: ottawacitizen.com)
Lily Kassahoun, a former Ottawa resident and ByWard Market restaurant manager who recently opened a restaurant in Addis Ababa called Oh Canada, whose Canuck theme runs throughout the space and where hockey is front and centre. (Photo: ottawacitizen.com)

Former Ottawa resident’s restaurant becomes hockey central in Addis Ababa.

OTTAWA, Canada – As the Senators face off against the Canadiens in Game 5, and hundreds of thousands of fans cheer them on in Canada, one woman, lying on her bed in the dark on Ethiopia’s night, will be listening intently to the game streamed live over the Internet, yelling just as loudly when the boys in red score a goal.

Former Ottawa resident Lily Kassahoun, 41, moved home to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, almost two years ago to be closer to her family after two decades in Ottawa.

But while in Ottawa studying at Algonquin College and running Memories restaurant in the ByWard Market, Kassahoun fell in love with Canada, with winter and, most of all, with the Ottawa Senators.

So, when she decided to open a restaurant and cafe in her home and native land, she wanted to pay homage to the true north strong and free by calling her business Oh Canada.

It’s been the best thing I’ve ever done in my life because I’m, in my heart, so Canadian, Kassahoun said from Addis Ababa on Wednesday evening. Read more

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