This is a release from the City of Ottawa:
Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the City to Moe Atallah at a fundraiser at Algonquin College this evening. The key was presented to Mr. Atallah in recognition for the indelible mark he has made on our city through countless philanthropic acts of kindness since arriving in Canada in 1976 as a 32-year-old refugee from Lebanon.
Mr. Atallah was immediately drawn to the restaurant industry. He started as a dishwasher but he quickly learned the business, and in 1988, he bought the Newport Restaurant in Westboro. While operating the restaurant, Mr. Atallah dedicated himself to local causes and philanthropy, donating thousands of pizzas and funds to local charities. Mr. Atallah used to open the doors to his restaurant every Christmas for anyone looking for friendship or food.
Mr. Atallah’s generosity has been felt across Ottawa. He has been recognized as a United Way Ottawa Community Builder, Ottawa Businessman of the Year, Restauranteur of the Year and as a St. Joe’s Women’s Centre Champion. He has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Order of Ottawa.
Mr. Atallah was also key in establishing the Elvis Sighting Society, hosting the Society and its memorabilia at the Newport Restaurant.