Remembering Your Smiling Face at My Second Place

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

 

Years ago…. Years ago?  Sigh.. I guess it was..

So to begin again, years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest son Schuyleur my cravings went to My Second Place on Highway 7 where Magpie resides now. My Second Place was a warm inviting place that served good food.

The owner Kassem Salah always professed that his work in that restaurant was his life. Saleh and his wife of then 29 years, plus his 4 children, were the work force behind that restaurant. People often spoke of his endless menu that he said contained nothing that came out of a can.

For anyone that did not know, his pizza that he was famous for was once a staple when he worked at the famous Ottawa pizzeria- The Colonnade Cafe that once was on O’Connor Street for over two decades. The secret to his pizza was his crust and his homemade sauce.

 

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

I remember going there for breakfast with the bottomless cups of coffee and hash browns and eggs, and the place was always packed. Saleh always supported community, and he used to donate 50 cents from each meal to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario as he said they had saved his son Shady, who had Hodgkin’s Disease.

 

This was a blast from the past–Support your local eateries please!!

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

 

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. I remember the Colonnade pizza ( mmm…good); so what happened to the restaurant & Mr. Saleh ?
    Also, miss when you put 3? Story reminders at bottom of each story.

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