Dupont’s Mill Street Restaurant Renovated 1899

Dupont’s Mill Street Restaurant Renovated 1899


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Photo of Mill Street from



A night time streetscape in downtown Almonte taken in 1996. Some things have changed, some have not. 🙂 Photo Paul Latour


Almonte Gazette 1899

What a metamorphosis may wrought by a judicious and tasteful use of wallpaper and paint is shown by the transformation which has been made in the interior of Mr. A. Dupont’s, Mill St. restaurant. For the past week or so the change has been going on gradually until now with dainty wallpaper, fresh paint and new oilcloth this favourite resort has been converted into an exceedingly neat and tasty shop.

A soda water fountain has been installed, a refrigerator for keeping bottled drinks put in, and everything possible done for convenience and comfort. Upstairs, the winter lunch rooms have been turned into a veritable fairy bower, with tables for two or tables for four, where ice cream, sodas and other summer drinks and delicacies will be served.



June 2 1899 Almonte Gazette


In the days before home freezers and rapid transit, suggested family menus were grouped by season and presented for each day. Breakfast would have been served between 8-9AM. Dinner would have been the main meal of the day, served sometime between noon and three. Winter rooms were upstairs when it became colder to dine at the first level and equipped with fireplaces.


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Queen Street Google Image

Altogether “Ab.” has reason to be proud of his premises and customers know that when
they go there they will find what they want and get it right. Nor has Queen street shop been overlooked. It too has been put in shape for the summer trade, and will also be found well fitted for the requirements. Will ensure the best of satisfaction to customers^ A full range of candies, traits, nuts, canned goods, etc., always kept in stock; also ice cream, ice cream sodas and all kinds of temperance drinks.

Women in the company of male escorts were welcome at restaurants. Lunch tended to be reserved for professional and business men who either found it inconvenient to return home or wanted to meet friends and contacts. Evening meals were more festive and provided a chance for couples to show off.  Restaurants started to cater to female shoppers who wanted lunch in the late 1800s. Establishments began offering ice cream and lighter fare and opened up near dry-goods emporiums like Ab Dupont did with his second restaurant on Mill Street. This was thought to attract women as well as the key item that they did not serve alcohol.


Typical Temperance Drinks



 - Almonte Almonte, July 20. Mr. Lome Steele has...

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 20 Jul 1899, Thu,
  3. Page 7
  4.  - Almonte Almonte; July 2S. Mr. George Bradford...

    Clipped from

    1. The Ottawa Journal,
    2. 26 Jul 1899, Wed,
    3. Page 7
    4. 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 and The Tales of Almonte





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