The ByWard Market companies are looking forward to welcoming customers to the historic district this weekend after the devastating Friday fire.
Emergency crews were called to Vittoria Trattoria at about 11:30 in the afternoon.
Shahab Uddin works at the Shafali Indian Restaurant. He smelled of smoke before the police told him to leave the building.
"It's sad for everyone. Vittoria Trattoria is very well known and brings many customers from across the city," Uddin said.
The fire took several hours to control, while firefighters continued to harden hot points in the afternoon.
No one was injured and the cause is under investigation.
Market building closed until 10:00.
Ottawa Markets, the long-term city agency that manages parts of the public-owned market, has asked its sellers not to return to their companies until 10 o'clock on Saturday.
"He is devastating, because he ByWard The market enclosure works together. All these stores, regardless of their size, are very important, "said Jeff Darwin, executive director of the agency.
Darwin said the closure is to ensure that people are safe and based on instructions from Ottawa Fire Services.
He acknowledged that closing the market is difficult for small businesses, which operate mainly independently.
"They are small businesses," said Darwin. "Every lost weekend has lost their income."
Darwin said that the city's property structures were not seriously affected by the fire, and it worries, especially if companies on the east side of William Street can rebuild and reopen.
Katherine Solomon, a spokesman for the ByWard Market BIA, said that her group will be looking for ways to help with a reconstruction.
"It's an amazing loss to be experiencing a fire here and we just hope the damage to the interior of the building is minimal," he said.
"It's a huge loss in our history here."
Shop, not gawk
The city of Ottawa could not confirm exactly when William St. was built 35, but said that the building dates from, at least, in 1872.
Solomon said the interruption occurs because companies are preparing to welcome clients to their patios and stores after a persistent and unpleasant winter.
"I think the natural curiosity of people will still encourage people to see what is happening," he said.
Mayor Jim Watson visited the market on Friday and received a simple message for residents.
"Do not go to stop. Come and buy," Watson said.
"Go down and support the market traders of ByWard. They need your help more than ever because of what happened today."
Watson said the city will work with the owners to speed up repairs in the way that it is possible.