Comments About Dorothy’s Tea Room — aka The Eating Place

Comments About Dorothy’s Tea Room — aka The Eating Place




This photo was on the McCann pool room wall on Bridge Street–Susan McCann sent this to me last night along with some photos of my home. This is a blast from the past in Carleton Place. This would be the iconic Cecil McCann and the other old lads in the restaurant.

The sign says Dorothy’s Tea Room which became the Eating Place on Bridge Street in Carleton Place. I think the man in the black hat is Jock Mailey (Carole Flint) Llew Lloyd said— looks like Jock and the man this end looks like Doug Gibson . Charlie Godfrey in middle ?

Susan McCann I think my dad wrote the mafia clan on the bottom of the photo. He had this one on the wall in the pool room.

Ray Paquette This picture should be relatively easy to date as the professional building across the street has replaced the Roxy Theatre. The Eating Place was the morning coffee gathering place in the ’70’s and ’80’s before Tim’s and McDonald’s at Walmart. It was frequented by Charlie Godfrey, Luke Hale, and other retired men of the community including my father who often told me of the people who gathered there every weekday morning..

Tom Edwards Her name was Dot Burns. I think her daughter was Bernie Lay who is Jeff Lays mom. I don’t know how long she had it. I think she used to work at the Olympia before that. Dot Burns was pretty well known in CP for her cooking and waitress ability at one time. She was a great friend of my mom and dads and my Aunt Marie Dennie.

Stephen Giles Dot Burns actually owned the MiLady Dress Shop which I believe was where the Granary is now. Others may remember that when Dot closed her dress shop, she took Edna Scott, who had worked with her for years, with her to the Tea Room. At that point Edna must have been 80!

Ray Paquette I remember Dorothy Burns had a son Eddie. When baseball was being played at the old grandstand, Eddie was charged with going onto the roof to watch where pop fouls that cleared the roof landed. As baseballs were expensive, kids would run out into the field behind the grandstand (currently the site of St. Mary’s) and Eddie would direct them to where the ball had finally come to rest. Whether Eddie or the boys who collected and returned balls were ever paid I can’t remember. As to Eddie patrolling the grandstand roof, that would never be allowed today for safety reasons…

Dale Costello- Remember both Dot Burns and Eddie. Got Eddie a job at the accounting firm in Smiths Falls where I was employed. Eddie married a young lady who lived just past CP Dairy, age is keeping her name from me.

Johnna Ferrill Glover Definitely looks like my Pop (Jock Mailey) in the photo.


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)


Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 6-The Eating Place

The Eating Place! You’ve Got to Eat in Carleton Place!

Christmas in April – (Wandering) Wayne Richards

Time Travel- Is that Wandering Wayne in this 1930 Photo?

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 6-The Eating Place to the Post Office

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.

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