Let’s Have Some Curb Service!




In the late 80s Dwight Neron hoped to revive “Curb Service” on Townline that once flourished as the former popular Elmdale Lunch. Elmdale Lunch at one point in time was THE hang out for Carleton Place’s local teenagers. Neron’s dream was to have his new business remind everyone of the nostalgic TV sitcom Happy  Days and even set up a real curb service where people could get served in their cars. He even wanted the outdoor waitresses to wear roller skates!

Dwight, who was a full time hairdresser, and his partner Dennis Routhus, owner of then Angelo’s restaurant just outside Smiths Falls had so much hope for this location. Curb Service went off to a roaring start with 18 employees, and one of them even being Olivia Schnaufer who was the original owner and cook of Elmdale Lunch. Unfortunately, it closed within the year.

When Neron was asked by reporter Dave Pascal what he would do to increase business in Carleton Place he had the same answer I have been getting 25 years later from local people. We need more outside shoppers in town, as local customers are not enough to sustain the town’s economy.

Neron said tourism was the key to increasing business in Carleton Place. We needed more awareness about our parklands, and even providing camping facilities would be a start to entice summer tourists.

He and I both agree that the main attraction we have is right here in our backyard–The Mississippi. Dwight’s final words in The Carleton Place Canadian were that we should not be directing all our efforts to industry, but instead use what we have here to get those feet shopping and enjoying our beloved town.

It’s 25 years later and what are we still waiting for? A hero to change everything?

Files from the Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum




Rick Schnaufer

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

2 responses »

  1. Hi Linda, I can remember having burgers at the Curb Service and I also remember having the same discussion with Dwight. Some things never change


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