Owner – Phil Waserman
Phil Waserman is the owner of the Courtyard Restaurant, Mamma Grazzi’s Kitchen and Biagio’s Italian Kitchen. Phil has been deeply involved with the restaurant industry for over 30 years, and was awarded the “Restaurateur of the Year Award” in 1996. Phil’s other awards include the Heather Crowe Award, recognizing his community leadership in promoting a smoke-free Ontario, and Health Ontario’s Eat Smart Award recognizing 15 years of contribution to the Eat Smart program promoting healthy food choices in restaurants. Phil’s community spirit is evident in his strong commitment to local boards and associations, including his work as Chair of the ByWard Market BIA for the past 15 years, as an Ottawa Tourism Board Member from 1985 to 2009, and his involvement in the City of Ottawa Homelessness Task Force. Phil currently sits on the Board of Operation Come Home, Bon Appetit Ottawa, Ottawa Restaurant Association, as well as the Safety and Security Committee and Parking and Transportation Committee at the BIA. Phil has always been encouraging of young talent in the hospitality industry, and has given many Chefs and Front of House Managers their start in one of his restaurants.