It first gained notoriety in 2013 after a video was posted showing a man pulling a baby raccoon out of his sweater during a fight.
Part of the restaurant’s chaotic energy is due to its location in the heart of the tourist district where many bars and restaurants are located. People will often flock to the late-night fast-food chain for a bite after drinking.
\u201cDo You Remember That Time.... \n\nSomeone brought a Baby Raccoon \ud83e\udd9d to the McDonald's on Rideau Street during a massive brawl..... \n\n0:36 to 0:39 \ud83e\udd7a lil Raccoon \ud83e\udd9d \n\n#Ottawa #McDonalds #Racoon #Throwback #Rideau #Closing\u201d
In 2022, police were called to the fast-food chain location over 150 times.
And that number is down from 800 in 2018, according to CTV News.
Although both Ottawa and the McDonald’s have tried to help lessen the amount of activity at the restaurant, it has not seemed to work.
In 2019, the former Ottawa Police Chief sent a letter to the President and CEO of McDonald’s Canada with concerns about the Rideau Street restaurant. The fast-food chain decided to change the hours of operation from 24 hours a day to 6am - 10pm.
\u201cI lived in Ottawa for one year in 2015 and was absolutely fascinated at the pure chaos that this McDonald\u2019s radiated on any given day. RIP Rideau Street McDonalds.\u201d