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Before and After — Gourmet Restaurant

Before and After — Gourmet Restaurant

Before- Sigma 7 on Highway 7 near the four corners– I found this postcard titled: The Sigma 7 Restaurant Shell Station in Carleton Place on Ebay.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Mar 1965, Mon  •  Page 34

Jim’s Restaurant Fire 1969

Breathtaking Bargains and Jukebox Favourites at The Falcon on Highway 7

Sentimental Journey Through Carleton Place — Did You Know About Sigma 7?

Twin Oaks Motel Opens -1959 — Highway 7 Landmarks

The Waterfront Gastro Pub Carleton Place

The Waterfront Gastro Pub Carleton Place
Thanks to Mark and the Waterfront Gastropub for the wonderful buffet they had for the Caldwell- Dunlop and Jaimeson reunion Saturday October 30,2021.. Pictures just do not do it justice… It just was so wonderful and the food kept on coming.

Don’t forget the Gastro Pub is closed until Nov 9th for repairs.

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12 Bell Street
Carleton Place

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You Would Never Find Warm Leatherette at the Local Carleton Place Tannery

Brice McNeely, a Tannery and Eggs Benedict

A Piece of History that Few Talk About and I Don’t Blame Them!

The Carleton Place House with the Coffin Door

Memories of Mama’s Place and Bob and Marg’s

Memories of  Mama’s Place and Bob and Marg’s

Linda Nilson-Rogers I worked there for Salim and Salha Houchaimi, in the mid 80’s. They held staff Christmas parties, and supported many local sports teams!

Mary Anne Harrison Margaret Mantil worked at that restaurant for many years. Probably through many of its reincarnations

Sharron Davis I had so many great meals there as a kid with mom and dad and we always had a good visit with Salim and Sally and Gail.

Mary Anne Harrison
 Bob and Marg McDonald owned the convenience store at the same location. After mom did the groceries at the IGA (where the heritage mall is now) my brother and I were always given a quarter and we stopped at McDonald’s on our way out of town. I always got a bag of S&V chips and a coke. The cokes were in a cooler that had cold water in it and you had to slide your drinks through it to get them out. Mom probably made that stop so that we would be quiet the rest of the trip home to Corkery.

Tammy Lloyd- IllingworthThe best….. good times, great food!!

Madeline Anne HamiltonJoanne Neill wasnt this called apollos garden at one point?

Jen DuffMadeline Anne Hamilton it was Apollos after Mamas place moved

Gwen OneillIt was also called mel’s at one time. Mel and Cecilia Lockhart built the place in the 50s then sold it to lamoureux in the 60s

Gwen OneillThat dinning room was actually a garage where George Villeneuve was the mechanic. He had a swing in there for my brother and i to swing on. I think my parents sold the store in 1959. I was young then so could be wrong.

Catherine Chick McDonaldIt was also called Bob and Marg’s…late 60s..early 70s…because my Mom and Dad owned it.

Gerry NewtonSandy and I used to pump gas there in the 60’s

Lisa Stanley SheehanLoved this store growing up…mello rolls ❤ and the greatest folks

Rose Crawford McCormickMy mom and dad….Pat and Earl Crawford of Ashton…..loved to eat there.

Shirley FlaxmanWas that up on the hwy to Ottawa behind St James St??

Shirley FlaxmanScott Bolton We (Hutts) lived on St James St and visited that restaurant many, many times – great place. Early 60″s to late 60″s!!!

Christine Richards-BayleyMy family use to go almost every Friday .. sit in the dining rm & I always had to have a Shirley temple . Still love them

Allison VaughanChristine Richards-Bayley yep remember that! Also remember my mum and dad going there every Friday night and then going back up Saturdays to pay their bill lol !!! They had a great time there always!

Jean GossetWe live right beside all these incarnations of the same building, so we knew all the families that operated it over the years. They were all great neighbours, and complimented Irish town.

Jayne Munro-OuimetThe Eldali family who bought the restaurant from Bob and Marg, came from Madjel Balhis Lebanon. They came to Canada as a result of an unexpected evacuation when their village became a target war zone. The whole village was evacuated, the villagers left by plane to Canada and by boat to neighbouring country not affected by the war. They could not speak English, and a number of families in the Ramsay Almonte area helped them to learn. The youngest son Shaied went to Almonte High School for a few years.

Dawn JonesJayne Munro-Ouimet I think you mean the Eldali family. Said was a year older than i. Very nice family. I found out recently from one of the older brothers (who owns the pizza place in Lanark) that Said moved back to Lebanon is married with 6 kids and he is employed as an architect.

Dawn JonesJayne Munro-Ouimet did one of the girls marry Salin Houchiami? Or am I confused? Anyone?

Dawn JonesJayne Munro-Ouimet : Salin Houchiami and his wife ran the Gourmet Restaurant in Carleton place for years. I’m sure his wife is one of those girls.  Mike is now running the Gourmet. They also have a younger son Albert who is a heavy equipment mechanic.

Pansy MetcalfeI remember Mamma’s Place Restaurant and I knew the whole family! Helped them learn English and Their daughter Sabah was in my class and we became good friends!

Andy Williams-Mamma’s Place, was named after Rose Mantil who lived in Corkery. She was affectionately called “Mamma” by many, including her daughter Margaret who was a waitress at the restaurant for many years. Margaret was the one who suggested the name.

Cate JohnsonUsed to go there on Sundays way back when (liquor stores weren’t open then, and you could only drink if you ordered a meal) eat and drink our faces off! Lots of people did that and it always turned out to be a HUGE party every Sunday

Jean GossetI think before the Eldali family, the operator was Roy O’Connell, maybe my order is off a little, but he was there for a short time in the early 70’s. Of course Gail, and Margaret would be the best resources on this subject, rest their souls.

John CurrieWen’t There About 1954 To See The Hockey Games They Were About the Only Store In Almonte With A Black & White TV.

Donald ScottMan they had the ,best Pizza in the County back in the day 70’s n 80’s

Darlene MacDonaldDonna Manson worked here for many years and followed to work at the one in the mall

Donna Webb MunroGood memories. In the early 60’s- that is when my Almonte memories start- the farmers would take the milk in to the dairy and then congregate at Mommas for coffee and swap stories before heading home to work. IRA, the girls and I often ate there. Fond memories. IRA had many stories of Wayne Lockhart was a young lad – hitting the plastic ketchup bottle a certain way would put ketchup on the ceiling and also a certain young lad and would sneak downstairs after Dad had baked some pies. Never found out if he had a favourite kind.

Bobby GallantJayne Munro and Sylvia Ford took me there for one of my first legal drinks. They got me a Singapore Sling lol it was good

Brenda MunroI don’t think I missed a day of going over to Mel and Cecilia ‘s store.. The candy was great, and My Dad took me over every evening .right Gwen.

Shannon CastonguayUsed to work there with Gail and Sue it was my first waitress job

1964 Almonte Gazette

Lisa Stanley SheehanThey were located on Ottawa St at the beginning, where Mamm’a use to be…They had grocery, restaurant

Marion MacDonaldon Ottawa Street near where the Green Mill food truck is today

Cathy McRae SharbotBefore mum and dad moved here permanently we used to come up for the weekend and we would stop at Bob and Marg’s for mellow rolls on the way home

Jim HillUsed to eat there on occasion great food back then.

Did you know Mama’s Place opened in 1979? Who remembers when they were in a ‘house setting’ on Ottawa Street?


Linda MillsThey made a great filet mignon! Mr. Eldali and his sons

Peggy ByrneTotally different – they are a much smaller operation now than when they had the larger restaurant – they are now a small diner as opposed to a full restaurant that they were at the other larger location

Laurie McgregorCould walk up from home. Loved their pizza too

Heather Birchall TalvitieI do. My grandpa’s favourite place. He was a policeman in CP for many years I too, was established in 1969, the first of many grandchildren

D Christopher Vaughan • 4 years ago

And before it was Mama’s Place, it was Bob and Marg’s. They lived above the restaurant with their family – hope I get them all: Sandy, Paul, Jeff, Michelle, Larry, and Catherine (Chicky) McDonald

Heather10 hr. ago

Oh the memories!! I worked there as a teenager with the two Linda’s, Nilsson and Lee, Gail and of course many others as they employed many. Salim, Sally, their children and Eddie were lovely people to work for and with!! There were so many regulars, the bus drivers, truck drivers, you knew before they were in the door what their order was. It was a great meeting place for folks and a fabulous place for celebrations. I really enjoyed my time there!

Jeff Reid
Mama’s Place Hockey group
Randy Rivington
lmonte Country Haven
March 6, 2020  · 

Nothing like gathering up some ladies and having finger-lickin’ fun food from Mama’s Place to kick start the weekend. Of course, Anna & Megan apparently provided the entertainment but sometimes what happens at the Haven – well all I can say is the ladies know when to talk about it and when to keep it in the toe of their shoe!
lmonte Country Haven
March 6, 2020  · 

Nothing like gathering up some ladies and having finger-lickin’ fun food from Mama’s Place to kick start the weekend. Of course, Anna & Megan apparently provided the entertainment but sometimes what happens at the Haven – well all I can say is the ladies know when to talk about it and when to keep it in the toe of their shoe!
Karen Hirst
June 11, 2018  · 

Karen Hirst, Marg McDonald, Rosalyn Wing, Mary Ann Somerton, Irene Botham, Karen Marshall, Uncertain who is at the end

The Millstone
2005: Old Mama’s Place burns down – The Millstone

The Millstone
2005: Old Mama’s Place burns down – The Millstone

Comments about the Canadian Cafe Almonte — Low Family

Documenting Badour’s Inn Almonte

What Did You Eat at the Superior? Comments Comments Comments and a 1979 Review

Dupont’s Mill Street Restaurant Renovated 1899

What Was the David Harum Ice Cream Sundae Sold in Lanark County?

History Clippings of the the Centennial Restaurant – Pakenham

Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavour?

The Sadler Farm on Highway 44– Nancy Anderson

Documenting Isabel Hogan’s Candy Store

Community Comments — Memories of 46 Queen Street

Documenting Badour’s Inn Almonte

Documenting Badour’s Inn Almonte
1962 Almonte Gazette

Sandra Houston It was on Ottawa Street I think

Nora HeadleyBadour’s was across from the “old” water tower. It was the second building before Harold Street, as you are leaving town. They had juke boxes.

Mary Anne HarrisonAcross from my Grammie Carroll’s on Ottawa Street.

Mary Anne HarrisonIt was a real treat to stay in town and get to go across the street to the restaurant.

Peggy ByrneThe white three story Badour house on the corner of Ottawa St. and Harold St. is currently for sale and the restaurant was in the smaller building beside it.

Stacey FarrellPeggy Byrne Gale Farrell (Badour) was my grandma 🙂 she raised my dad and 2 other siblings in the tiny White House

Peggy ByrneStacey Farrell , yes, I knew your Grandma & Grampa as well as your Great Grandparents as my family lived across the road on Ottawa St when I was just a kid.

Bob BranjeGail farrell was a badour. Believe her family owned ot and gail worked in diner connected to it.was farrell home fr years.

Stacey Farrellmy granny was Gale Badour and her mother was Laura Badour that owner the 44 inn 🙂 it was indeed on Ottawa street!!

Gwen OneillStacey Farrell Stacey your dad was called after Gail’s brother Donnie who died in the 2nd world war.

Donna BeauvaisI rented a small apt when Gail was working the diner. The Badours treated me very well and even though it was small I enjoyed my time there. They were wonderful people and I always remember them with fondness. .

Gwen OneillDonna Beauvais yes mrs Badour helped my mom when my family had Mel’s snack bar and I believe Gail worked there as well all with Marlene and Sandra Perfitt.Great fun there with Gail and Jerome

Paul LeBlancGwen Oneill I had the pleasure of working with Gail when she worked at the Superior, wonderful wonderful lady

Cathy PatersonMy Mom worked there

Theresa C ToshIt was located right beside the apartment building on the corner of Ottawa and Harold street. There’s a small house there now. My aunt worked there.

Sharon SavardSpent a lot of time in the Forty Four Inn We just called it Badours.

Gwen OneillSharon Savard yes i forgot they called it the forty four inn. The good old days when the restaurant closed we would have a beer or 2.

Ray O’KeefeOne of my favorite eating places on Sat. night. Food was great and the prices were affordable.

Mary Anne HarrisonDidn’t Gail work at the original Mammas Place after Badour’s closed.

Arlene SavardYes she did M A, was a great waitress too.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
24 Dec 1946, Tue  •  Page 16

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
02 Jun 1944, Fri  •  Page 17

History Clippings of the the Centennial Restaurant – Pakenham

Dupont’s Mill Street Restaurant Renovated 1899

Comments about the Canadian Cafe Almonte — Low Family

What Did You Eat at the Superior? Comments Comments Comments and a 1979 Review

What Was the David Harum Ice Cream Sundae Sold in Lanark County?

History Clippings of the the Centennial Restaurant – Pakenham

History Clippings of the the Centennial Restaurant – Pakenham
Pakenham downtown thanks to Marilyn Snedden via the collection of Margie Argue and her late brother Dan Paige–read-Pakenham Community Centre Photos

Do you ever watch a movie, set in a small town where people go into a restaurant or pass each other on the street and greet each other? You wish for instant that you lived in a town like that and Almonte is that with the Superior Restaurant and Pakenham is that sort of town with the Centennial. That is what these restaurants should be best known for. It is the place where families gather, where people go after church, where the guys gather before they go hunting. It’s where people greet one another when they walk in the door. For a moment you can feel like you belong and just take in the laid-back friendliness. Let’s keep these restaurants alive!!!!

Mississippi Mills salutes long-standing businesses at second annual recognition event Click

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
06 Sep 1977, Tue  •  Page 80

The Citizen, Ottawa, Tuesday, September 6, 1977 An artistic salute to a good restaurant By Robert Smythe

The women at the Centennial Restaurant in , Pakenham, Chit., have been serving up good restaurant food and motherly advice for some time, and it is in recognition of their service to the community that the owners of Andrew Dickson’s craft ; store and gallery have put together a month long “Salute to the Ladies of the Centennial Restaurant”. Of course the show’s food theme affords the perfect opportunity to display predictable plates, goblets and place mats all of which abound at the Salute, in the earth tone chunkiness that you come to expect from local potters.

But those who have abandoned this homespun functionalism have done so with a good deal of humor. Their totally impractical tributes to the Centennial are the brightest of this group effort. Ice-cream is really the restaurant’s ace special, and so it is only natural that Paddy Mann’s vanilla cone banner should be hanging outside the old stone building. The image has also found its way onto colored T-shirts, screened by Jane Bonnell.

Gail Bent has made Gobelin tapestries of a stove and a Scottish frugal fridge (with only one carrot in it), but her funniest piece is Holstein By Any Other Name. It is a white wood udder, whose four generous teats are delivering a gushing stream of fibre milk down the wall into a waiting galvanized bucket. Across its side is emblazoned a silver MOO. Alice Paige’s jars of jam jelly look luscious sitting in the window with the sum streaming through them, especially when their deep clear color is echoed by a pair of ruby red satin lips hanging nearby.

Other clever and cute stuffed toys include some glossy eggplants, halved avocados, and a delicious chocolate wafer ice cream bar with a large bite taken out of it. Regular stuffed sandwiches come in several separate layers one for the lettuce, one for the meat, two for slices of bread. Inedible food was also heaped onto brooch pins. Of these, Neil Stewart’s jewelery work was exceptional. Using ivory, silver and brass he has assembled a miniature breakfast of bacon and eggs sunnyside-up, on a tiny round plate. Another piece features a slice of pie (a la mode?) and accompanying fork. At the other extreme of scale is Wayne Cardinelli’s oversized Blue Ribbon Pie in the Sky Award for the Centennial. The medal, which is at least one foot across, has been struck in clay for the occasion.

Sally TuffinI remember when it had red and white checkered tablecloths and shelving where local hand crafts were displayed for sale. Food was excellent.Then when I was a student at Pakenham Public we used to go out with friends to lunch at the Centennial.At the end of the schoolyear our bus drivers used to buy us all an ice cream at the ice cream counter. Worked there for a year when I was a teenager.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Sep 1971, Sat  •  Page 47
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Mar 2015, Mon  •  Page 25– Former Bookeeper of the Centennial Restaurant
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
24 Feb 1994, Thu  •  Page 18
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Oct 1971, Sat  •  Page 4

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 Oct 1975, Sat  •  Page 88

Heaps of ice cream in the biggest cone in the country (maybe in the whole world) goes for 50 cents at the Centennial Restaurant in Pakenham. Ont., on Highway 29 and it’s big. People come from all over the Ottawa Valley, and beyond, to try the cone they’ve heard about at the Centennial, as its name suggests, opened in 1967, and Elsa Stewart, its proprietor, explains: “We started serving the big cones around 1970. Some of the girls at the restaurant began scooping out larger cones and I encouraged them to continue.” She describes the cones, modestly, as “two, good-sized scoops.” Some of her customers liken them to softballs and its Sealtest and it’s good, but it’s the hefty scoops that really impress everybody. The restaurant keeps three freezers packed with tubs of ice cream and there’s good variety chocolate, vanilla, tutti frutti. strawberry, chocolate-walnut, maple, and heavenly hash a devastating mix of marshmallow-chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips and a few nuts. One of the nicest things you can do on a warm summer day is stop at the Centennial, pick up a cone and stroll two blocks to the lovely, old stone bridge that crosses the Mississippi River at Pakenham.

Bev Deugo I worked at Centennial Restaurant in Pakenham in the summer when Elsa Stewart owned it…scooped ice cream until my fingers froze ….Cones were huge, lineups were long, we scooped for hours on a hot summer day.

CLIPPED FROMNational PostToronto, Ontario, Canada14 Jul 1979, Sat  •  Page 10

An Almonter doth protest!!!

National Post
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
08 Sep 1979, Sat  •  Page 66

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
23 May 1980, Fri  •  Page 74

This arched landmark is one of only a few such bridges in North America. Built in 1903 across the Mississippi River, it is less than eight metres wide and was designed for horses and wagons. As the years went on, motor vehicle traffic put such stress on the bridge that it was threatened with demolition. Instead, after history lovers protested, the stones were taken down, catalogued and then replaced over a reinforced concrete structure in 1984.

Details: The bridge is near the intersection of Kinburn Side Road and County Road 29, just as you come into Pakenham.

While you’re in the area: The grey tower of St. Peter Celestine Roman Catholic Church dominates the village. The lovely stone building opened in 1893.

The Bookeeper
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
25 Sep 1971, Sat  •  Page 24
Christa Lowry, Mayor of Mississippi Mills
September 20, 2020  · 

Sunday Night Family Dinner when it’s my turn to cook. Thanks to Omar at the Centennial Restaurant for helping me out!
#SupportLocal #VyingForFavouriteAuntie

Who has been to the Centennial in Pakenham??? Carebridge Community Support1 min · So happy to work with community builder Omar of Pakenham’s Centennial Restaurant. Using donations from our MMTogether fund initiative we purchased gift certificates for tenants of 5 Arches Housing and members of the Pakenham SeniorsClub. The Centennial and Omar have been fixtures in downtown Pakenham for over 25 years!

And yes, Rice Pudding is history:) Faye Campbell
  · Pakenham  · 

Having lunch with my UCW group in Pakenham Centennial Restaurant had the best rice pudding with raisins and whipped cream. The best I ever tasted.

Elsa Stewart former owner

Turning over of Stewart House at Pakenham to United Church
Sunday took place when Mrs. Elsa Stewart, left, hands Rev. Murray McBride case containing golden key, while he already holds deeds given to properties. Other property is White House next door to shelter those on lay retreats and conferences.  Photo by Peter Greene

Mrs. Elsa H. Stewart
Pakenham, Ontario, Canada
Order of Canada
Member of the Order of Canada
Awarded on: June 20, 1983
Invested on: October 05, 1983
R. ARTHUR STEWART, C.M. Operators of a model livestock-breeding farm, the Stewarts have been active in many farm organizations, founded university entrance bursaries to the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph for local students, and donated and worked in a United Church retreat house. They have also been major contributors to the restoration and revitalization of the village of Pakenham, Ontario.

Art and Elsa Stewart

Pakenham’s Stewart Community Centre was named for Art and Elsa Stewart who greatly contributed to the restoration and revitalization of Pakenham in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. It was opened in 1974, replacing the old Community Hall. Art and Elsa were awarded the Order of Canada in June of 1983. Operators of a model livestock-breeding farm, the Stewarts were active in many farm organizations and founded university entrance bursaries to the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph for local students.

tJuliana Mcfarlane-Sabourin and Omar from the Centennial restaurant
Juliana Mcfarlane-Sabourin and Omar from the Centennial restaurant

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Shaking Things Up! Linda Knight Seccaspina

Shaking Things Up! Linda Knight Seccaspina

Shaking Things Up!

Linda Knight Seccaspina

Last night I had a dream about a former neighbour’s Salt and Pepper Shaker collection. That is a pretty strange thing to remember in the back of your memory files, but the late great Mrs. Wilson played a large part in my preteen years. Meg Wilson lived next door to us when her daughter Verna was going to Cowansville High School in the late 50s and early 60s. My mother was nearing the end of her life during those years and Mrs. Wilson was like a guardian angel for our whole family. She cooked, she cleaned and she kept the family together.

If I had a problem she was always there with her firm but kind words. I played sick a lot more times than necessary in those days and after she had made us lunch I always went over to her home to play Yahtzee. She made wax candles and waxed leaves, and best of all she had this amazing salt and pepper collection.

It didn’t matter how many pairs she had on her shelves, the pair I was most attracted to most were the milkshake shakers. One was brown for chocolate and the other one was pink for strawberry. Set in glasses with a silver holder it reminded me of the milkshakes at the Bus Terminal on South Street in Cowansville.

We had a lot of great restaurants in those days on South and Main Street, but my father always loved to go to the old Bus Terminal, a hop skip and a jump from the train station and the Vilas Furniture Co. I could never figure out why he loved that place so much as it was very small and busy. We could have sat in a nice booth at the restaurant across the street, but we always went to the terminus. 

My Dad liked conversation, there is no doubt about that, and this was one place he could indulge in his favourite pastime. He would always greet strangers with a firm handshake and a very loud greeting,

”Hello, Arthur Knight from Cowansville”. 

It didn’t matter where he was located the greeting was always the same and he had this habit of talking with his eyes closed. I never understood why he did that until I met other people that did the same thing. They say that closing your eyes while speaking is a way of going inside to connect with your inner feelings. It is a common gesture that was seen in philosophers. That my Dad definitely was, he had an opinion on everything.

They kept things simple at the Bus Terminal restaurant.They scribbled your order onto a pad of paper and asking for substitutions from a limited list of straightforward mains, sides and desserts would have gotten you a dirty look. I can’t remember much of what I ate there but I always ordered a milkshake similar to Mrs. Wilson’s salt and pepper shakers. A tall glass with a straw and the traditional tall stainless steel cup with the remains was served to you. Another thing I seem to remember is that the traditional small glass of water they served to everyone seemed warm and I bet it came with a great amount of pollutants from the public water system. I think whatever my Dad ate there certainly involved fries served with a side of smoke. It was common in those days for eateries to be shrouded in a veil of cigarette smoke as diners puffed throughout the meal– and my Dad was one of them.

Conversation was always centred around the counter and banter would be continuous between the tables and counter as people loved to flock there for a cup of coffee, read the newspaper, and have a sandwich and a cold Coca-Cola on tap at the fountain. Around Christmas time the counter folks would be eating that traditional roast turkey dinner which cost a mere 75 cents in those days.

The jukeboxes blared above the conversation and you had to wonder how anyone understood anything while the younger crowd controlled the countless song selections. I always took my time sipping that milkshake as I watched people purchase tickets for the daily Voyageur busses and people throwing some change on the counter as there were no credit cards amid boisterous goodbyes.

One day I heard my father talking with the owner of the Bus Terminal and the owner was worried that times were changing and he might have to close. Eavesdropping  I heard conversations of how the owner was going to put air conditioning in hoping to draw in customers, especially during hot, summer days.

Then there was the fact that the soda fountain business was slowing down because of others doing the same things. Ice cream sodas and egg creams were on the wane and  TV dinners were now available in every grocery store. People just began eating out less in the ’60s. But, the worst thing he said was that transistor radios were putting the jukebox business out of business. As I sat in the car with my tiny ear buds on listening to my transistor radio I thought he had a point. But there was my father throwing his hands up in the air saying there was no way that was going to happen.

My father argued that jukeboxes were a test market for the record companies and that 75% of the records produced during that time went to jukeboxes first. He kept telling the owner over and over not to worry. I sat there feeling sad as I knew all my friends walked around with transistor radios and they were not going anywhere. With my head down I also knew it was the beginning of no longer relying on the jukebox for music.

After that day we never seemed to go to the Bus Terminus to eat, and things were changing quickly. The last time I went to the South Street Bus Terminus was a  year later when my father put me on the bus to Montreal where I was beginning a new era in my life. A few years later my Dad drove me out to see Mrs. Wilson who was living on the Hadlock Farm near Frelighsburg with her daughter and son-in-law. Things had changed like the Bus Terminal restaurant but she still had her salt and pepper shakers. There were still some familiar ones, the ones family gave her and the ones she got on vacation. But there sitting on one of the shelves were the milkshake salt and peppers that I loved. Even though life sends lots of change you have to take life with a grain of salt, and even though things come and go in the era of a head shake and a handshake I still prefer a milkshake.


The Falcon History and Hockey– Comments from the Readers

The Falcon History and Hockey– Comments from the Readers
Thanks Ron Black— Ron Black
12 hrs ·
Falcon Restaurant Hwy 7.,1967….

Jennifer HindriksenI grew up on this road and my Mom worked there. My sister’s and I were always there.

Gail Sheen-MacDonaldThe Falcon was on the way to our cottage in Innisville. We stopped there ofen.

Wilma Hurdis-BoughnerWorked there when Jim and Matilda MacFarlane owned it. My aunt and uncle.

Wendy Tilley John CorneilBest cheeseburgers around!!!

Sherri IonaUsed to walk by on the way home to the farm at Montgomery Shores, and occasionally get a treat, from SS#1 Ramsey School.

Cheryl Claire DeforgeIt was our meeting place for my parents cousins then off to a wicked night of card games!When you went inside the door I believe there was a booth to seat in. Also there was a young boy about my age always running around?

John MontreuilI remember going there with my buddy Norm Brown to fill up his moms VW. She gave him $50 dollar bill and Norm told her he put $50 in gas in the VW bug. Norms mom knew it would only hold about $25 and docked his allowance the other $25

Lawrie SweetMy mom ,dad and sister would stop there in the sixty’ s for ice cream and candy ..even my son seems to remember going in early 80s is that possible? ..wish it was still there ..The Falcon..🚗 wow glad to have a picture thanks

Cindy NewmanI can remember walking there as a kid.

Brenda Voyce MunroAfter the Mississippi we, would heard to the Falcon, for a feast , to soak up all that booze.. lol

Kurt BigrasSpent a lot of Friday and Saturday nights there .

Susan McNeely WaughFrank Quinn our bus driver would let us kids off the bus to grab ice cream for the drive home! Lots of memories!

Bentley HoltschneiderThe Lemieux family ran the Falcon in the 80’s…Allan served the pumps for fuel. He was the best!

Sherri IonaThe Falcon was the closest store to our farm growing up. When we hiked across the fields to school, it was the half way point.

Kathy LoweWe have fond memories of the Falcon. It was a wonderful service in the area. The McCreary factory was called the IXL because the farmer co-op who owned it wanted it to excell all other factories. Ray has remembers helping his dad to make cheese there.

Norma MorrowYes I remember Jim & Matilda. Matilda was a wonderful lady & a survivor of the Holocaust. She showed me the tattoo on her arm.

Nancy James Watkinsbest memory of the Falcon ……the bar stools that spun

Joann VoyceI believe the Falcon was built by my Great Uncle Dan Miller

Stan CarterA great place to eat on the midnight shift…

Ross MarshallI worked there in 59 and the 60. For Jimmy Mcfarland

collection Linda Seccaspina

Richard DulmageFalcon Reataurant #7 owned at one time by Paul Mckay

Lesley Leigh HurdisMy uncle jimmy owned at one time as well

Drew SoikieThe Rathwell’s also ran it near the end

Dan WilliamsI remember leaving the Queens at last call on the night before duck hunting season opened and stopping at the Falcon for a bite to eat on our way to the blind in Cinch’s bay and then again on our way home.

Dave WhiteThey sponsored a hockey team in the Lanark Senior League back in the 60’s. The Falcons had players from Innisville, Scotch Corners and Carleton Place. Fun team in a rough tough league.

Lila Leach-JamesDave White did the Purdy boys not play for the Falcons… think I have an old photo around somewhere.

Llew LloydDave White I played on that team for a short time.The movie slap shot had nothing on that league

David McNeelyLlew Lloyd They sponcered a broom ball team as well.I think it was the early 70s.I think Charlie Purdy was on the team.

Dave White-Lila Leach-James I think they did. The guys I remember were Ron and Don Cummings, Doug Menzies, and Eddie Lafferty from Innisville, George Gardiner, Orville Cook, Doug Weir, Charlie James from Scotch Corners, Ken McNeely and Clarence Bowes. Fred Code I remember played with a green ball cap on.

Ted hurdis photo–The mighty Falcon Restaurant peewee ‘s

Lila Leach-JamesDave White My hubby Alf played in Lanark and Brandt Purdy in early 70’s….Alf and Brandt both worked for Bell Canada but Charlie and Brandt both played hockey for The Falcon so they invited Alf!

Jacqueline BrandinoDave White my dad was Doug Weir.I absolutely love the pictures of him as a goalie, with his leather pads and wooden stick.Amazing!!And he was a great goalie from what I’ve been told

Dave WhiteJacqueline Brandino I went to the games with my parents as a kid. They had a great team and I remember your Dad making some amazing saves. Excellent goalie.

Jacqueline Brandino
February 29, 2020  · 

Ted WalshJacqueline Brandino That was ’69-’70, I was working in Kingston then and came up for every game. Back row was Dave (Skitter) Scott, Ted Walsh, Keith (Casey) McNeely, Clarence (Milt) Bowes and Lorrie Rintoul. Middle row had Punch McCullough, ???, ???, Brian Bigras, ???, ???..Front row was Jean LeBlanc, ???, Charlie Purdy, Doug Weir and ???…Can anyone add more names?

Tom EdwardsCharlie McVeigh had it with Durrell Stubinski at the end I think. Bill White myself and a couple others worked there for a summer and a bit.

Tom EdwardsThey used to bootleg. I remember my mom telling me one time that my dad thought he was calling Jim for a case of beer and he had called the police station. The numbers were almost the same lol.

Llew LloydThe Bollegraff family sp.? ran it when I was in my later years in High School. Carla was a cheerleader in 65.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
02 Apr 1969, Wed  •  Page 52

Mary Ann GagnonLlew Lloyd yep! Carla, Jean and Joan Baker,Honey Blaine,Marsha Fournier,Melinda Doyle and me!

Llew Loyd-Mary Ann Gagnon Bonnie says Carla and most of the family moved out west when they sold the restaurant, but an older sister became a nurse in Ottawa

Joan StearnsJerry’s first job was at the Falcon Restaurant working for Jimmy and Matilda McFarlane when he was 15 yrs old, Donnie Wilson got him that job .

Bett WatsonMy husband and our best friends ate breakfast there on Sat Sept 26, 1970 the day we got married. We were out there a lot.

Merrill ElliottFalcon was our friday supper stop on the way to mccloughs camp ground as a kid

Dan RathwellI think it was a gas station/restaurant during my families run….I know my mom was a server there. I think the Trading Post came about after them…during the 80’s

Linda Seccaspina–The Book Galery was its last tennant and it burnt down

Tina LaRocqueI wanna say I think I remember something about books being there but I cant be 100% sure. Still too bad they tore it down.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 Sep 2002, Wed  •  Page 31

 The Falcon Carleton Place Memories—Approximately 50 years ago, my older Sister Beatrice Gibson, my younger sister, Carol (Gibson) Brownlee, and I worked for Shirley and Warner at the Falcon Restaurant near Carleton Place. If was first time summer jobs for Carol and I, and we really appreciated the generosity of Shirley and Warner. Quite often, they would drive us home to Lammermoor, after a full day of work on Saturday – not many employers do that. Shirley reconnected with Beatrice a few years ago, and Carol and I had a chance to visit her on one of those occasions. It was so nice to see her after so many years, and she was still her jolly self with lots of interesting conversation. Shirley was an amazing woman and will certainly be missed. Posted by Norma Ennis 

Sandra Sanderson
December 2, 2020  · 

simpler times…..wonderful memories!

Breathtaking Bargains and Jukebox Favourites at The Falcon on Highway 7

Questions on the McCreary Settlement and the IXL Cheese Factory

The Old Fashioned Carleton Place Picnic Tackberry Hill? McCreary’s Creek?

Did you Know? Bet You Didn’t!

and this is what it is today

Comments about the Canadian Cafe Almonte — Low Family

Comments about the Canadian Cafe Almonte — Low Family


Canadian Cafe ball team circa 1967
Front row left to right:
Gary “Hopper” Houston
Bill “Sowie” Southwell
Eddie Low – sponsor
Warren “Humpy” Horton
Nev Wilson
Back Row left to right:
Gary Waddell
Clarence Timmons
Paul “Crow” Leishman
Carl Welk
Bill “Jonsey” Jones
Ricky Waddell
Submitted by Gary Houston and Anne Houston
Heather Brown Fortington I loved Eddie from The Canadian Cafe. He always had a almond cookie for me when we were there xo
Peter Low Thank you, Heather. As you were obviously a toddler at the time, Dad would have carried you into the kitchen to give you a cookie. Unfortunately, I wasn’t anywhere as successful with the little ones who came in with their folks. They’d cry, scream!! 😟
Anne Hourigan Took 6 dozen of his egg rolls back to Vancouver
Gwen Oneill Best Chinese food in the valley. Eddie was lots of fun especially when he would get ths crowd after hotel closed. It got very busy and the food kept coming
Allan Stanley OMG Eddie… and one of my teachers Carl Welk. In the late 50’s before they renovated the restaurant I used to go in and sit on one of the bar stools and arm wrestle Eddie. Does anyone remember McMullens store down the street?
Brenda Voyce The Canadian Cafe, was a favorite of all of us to go..Eddie’s food could not be replaced.. He spoiled us.. It sure was a sad day seeing the Lowes leave Almonte and , and our favorite restaurant behind..
Ted Hurdis My dad would drive over to Almonte and bring the order home ! Their food was the best Chinese food around.  my grandfather Tom Blakeley use to sell fish to your dad years ago . Hahaha
Peter Low Ted Hurdis As did Murray Guthrie. Our family loved fish, and Dad would go fishing as well (with what little time he had available).
Ted Hurdis This was my wife’s go to place . I went with her one time after the hotel closed she ordered 2 dozen egg rolls ? Hahaha I wondered what I was getting myself in to. Not the best place for a Carleton Place lad to go late at night trouble was never too far away.
Karen Hirst First of all, Eddie Low and his family were a very hard working family—everyone pitched in and had their role, all were well respected contributors and members of our community throughout the years. Best Chinese Food around—our family enjoyed take out orders over many, many years. Peter Low maintains contact with and has a great interest in Almonte despite living in Toronto were the remaining members of his family live. I went to school with Phillip and Lea Ann .
Pete Brunelle My grandfather’s 50th year of service for the fire department was at the cafe also after every meeting when the fire hall was across from the cafe they use to go there afterwards. My grandparents lived just a few
Peter Low I remember your grandfather, Pete. He would give me a ride in the firetruck back in the day.
Jan McNeill Hi Peter Low and Pete Brunelle….do either of you remember Slip Washburn who was the Fire Chief for a number of years? I believe he owned the building behind the restaurant or close to the restaurant. He was my uncle and I remember going to the restaurant with him when I visited Almonte😊
Pete Brunelle yes I do Slip was a good friend of my grandfather , I am sure it was him that use to play cards with my grandfather and chat at my grandfather’s garage when I was young
Peter Low Jan McNeill Hello Jan….and yes I do indeed know Slip Washburn. He was an important part of the team (hired by Mervyn Munro) during our restaurant renovation back in 1967…. as he installed the water, air ventilation and gas connections. I believe he learned his trade on his own – a truly gifted man whose workshop was behind our restaurant. During his afternoon breaks, I remember him coming in through the kitchen door and getting a bottle of Pepsi from the cooler, putting the money on the table by the coffee stove – and having a chit chat with my dad. It was almost like clockwork you could set time by! If ever there was a problem with air conditioning, water, gas system….Slip was Dad’s go-to guy! We were lucky to have known a remarkable man like your uncle. You should be proud!
Brenda Marshall My mom babysat Lisa and Lori and they were like our own family. We were devastated when they moved to Toronto! Yes best Chinese food ever!!! Beautiful family!!
Peter Low Thank you, Brenda. We were truly blessed to have your mom back then. She not only looked after my young sisters….but wow, can she cook! She introduced my mom to putting hot milk in mashed potatoes….something she wasn’t aware was possible.
Linda Nilson-Rogers The kitchen always had a light on…you could beg Eddie to make food even after hours!
Peter Low Mom worked 12 hours, Dad worked 18 hours, 7 days/week. Totally insane hours beyond imagination. But they had to do it
Cathy Paterson Best Chinese food ever ! Lived at the other end of the Street my brother Mike worked there Doreen Horton !
Eddy and Mrs Low were always so friendly
Glenna Kells Hey Peter Low
Weren’t we just reminiscing 😂😂😂
I remember when the egg rolls were two for 25 cents😂😂. When we got money as kids, my brothers Peter and Greg would go to Aikenheads bakery across the street for their sinfully delicious cinnamon buns, warren and I always went to the kitchen door off water street (no idea why we didn’t go to the front ???) and get two egg rolls each …. I was little and could only go if Warren looked after me…
it was an adventure for me- a pain in side for warren… what young lad wants to look after his baby sister 😂😂😂😂

I Worked there through high school with Mary & Margaret Illingworth… Mr & Mrs Low were wonderful people to work for… fond memories😘

Peter Low Lol, yes we were, Glenna Kells! Two for 25 cents back in the 60s. Now it’s two for $4 from the Golden Palace (Ottawa) – and they are delicious. Almonte people are truly blessed in that it won’t take long to drive and pick up egg rolls at Golden Palace!
Peter Low With the kind comments here today, I suppose in retrospect, it is only fitting that I give a huge & heartfelt “Thank You”…..for the patronage given to our family throughout the 35 years our restaurant was in business. Like all business people of early Almonte (1950s), my folks endured the painstaking struggles in the beginning, not to mention raising a family at the same time. But they persevered….as did all business people back then. Make no mistake, this is not something one learns in the classroom. My folks encouraged us to get an education, and to move away from Almonte. But until then, we had to do our time in the restaurant. I suppose it was my folks’ way of instilling a work ethic to prepare us in our latter years. And as I look back now, it was probably the right thing to do. As my dad once said, just after he retired in 1986 – he just ran a small business and raised a family….nothing more. Again, many many thanks for the business given to our family during our time in Almonte.
Peter Low Ronald Ford Thank you, Ron. Dad’s English wasn’t good, but he was able to relate to the general public much better than I could ever do. And your dad was always cheerful! People loved him. And to this day, I believe he had one of the best jobs (though very big and demanding) in looking after the Town Hall.
Peter Low Thank you, George Brown. Your dad delivered bread to our place back then….and he was also quite cheerful. My dad was forever grateful…..as he could easily run out of bread! Thank God for people like your father.
Karen Hirst The memory of the Low family captures so well the hard working families of Almonte, each a supportive encouragement for each other. Supporting other business owners, helping neighbors, providing a service of excellence to their community and being supported by their community in return as has been told in these posts. Passing the torch of a strong work ethic to their children….it is the foundation upon which this town rests and we can all be proud of our heritage and I think we are very proud.
Peter Low Thank you, Karen. Your father may be the last surviving member of the generation (of Almonte business people) of which my dad belonged.
Karen Hirst Yes Peter I believe that probably is correct. He purchased the Funeral Home and Furniture Store businesses from W.E. Scott in 1954 and sold the Funeral Home in 2006 and closed the Furniture Store in 2010—56 years total. Thanks for remembering Peter .
Pete Brunelle Peter Low $2.00 each was in the city for an appointment yesterday and stopped in ….still loved the ones from long ago. Donnie and I would go up river and get fish for your dad. Our payment Canadian Cafe egg rolls. Loved the payment.
D Christopher Vaughan Pete Brunelle Peter Low – I think Eddie would only buy fish from the kids that lived on Water Street. I remember being lucky enough to be with the Horton boys one day and was able to get in on the egg roll payment!
Peter Low D Christopher Vaughan Really, Chris? That surprises me. I thought my dad paid any youngster who brought in fish. I recall many times, kids used to climb over the bridge railing to get down onto the piers to have better access when casting their fishing lines. I can say, without hesitation, that the scariest part of climbing was at the very top and over the railing (it was so high). And people used to come in from Ottawa….to fish off the front bridge! Thank God for the Mississippi. It sure cuts a huge swathe through town!
D Christopher Vaughan Peter Low Maybe the guys on Water St. told me that so I wouldn’t hone in on their territory, Lol. We spent a lot of time in that restaurant, especially when we got older and it was THE place to stop after a dance! 1:00 AM and the place would be packed!
Peter Low I remember those after-dance times, Chris. To this very day, I often wondered how people spent freely back then. But then….something drastically changed over the course of 30 + years since we left. As I’ve often returned for visits, no longer do I see restaurants open late nor throngs coming out of the Almonte Hotel or Legion on a Friday or Saturday night. As you’ve stayed in town perhaps the change wasn’t as noticeable to you. As for me being 30+ years removed, it’s been drastic.
Sandy France Our apartment was next door to the Canadian Cafe when Eddie bought it from Mrs. Barr in the early fifties. He ran it as a Canadian diner for a few years. Had a counter with stools and served ice cream as well. Eddie was here for a little while by himself and I remember the day his family arrived from overseas. Such a joyous occasion! Shortly after, he converted to a Chinese food restaurant and got rid of the counter. Eddie sponsored the town Basketball team and we would go there after games and practice for his amazing food. I remember when Peter was born. In the 60s, I had a Buick Skylark convertible and Peter used to love going for top down rides around town in it.
Peter Low Sandy’s father, Robert J France, was the town clerk at the time and was one of two people (lawyer C J Newton being the other) who helped my dad tremendously in getting started in business . Dad was so indebted to both, that he prepared special meals and delivered them to both men and their families once annually for several years. I can say without hesitation that both men figured prominently in our family coming to Almonte.
Peter Low Yes, and there was also a juke box. Dorothy Finner’s husband would regularly come and replace the records (45 rpm), and click in 2 or 3 freebie songs afterwards.
Stuart McIntosh First place that I ate Chinese food.. went to high school with Phil and Lea Anne. Eddy gave us a Chinese translation when Bev Maynard and I were on. Scavenger hunt together. I believe Phil had a close call with a boat and the falls.. we had our grad party at Eddies’ place. Fond memories of great people!
Peter Low Thank you for the kind words, Stuart. And yes, back in the 60s my brother Phil and another guy almost went over the first set of falls in a small boat. Sadly, Phil passed away 5 years ago due to a stroke. As for your graduation party at our restaurant, I don’t remember that, but I am glad that it worked out. Cheers to you!
Jean Tischart My family (Price) loved Eddie’s. I remember going with Mom & sister Deb after church on Sundays & getting take out lots. Oh the food was the best.
Tom Edwards Eddy’s Restaurant was a better time in those days, than most of the stags.
Gloria Cardinal The best Chinese food in town! Sure miss it!
Thank you to everyone who commented, and if there are more comments I will document them all for future generations. Linda
Peter Low

Community Comments — Memories of 46 Queen Street

Community Comments — Memories of 46 Queen Street


Linda Nilson-Rogers Was Fraser’s snack bar when I moved here, 1964

Susan Elliott Topping Frazer’s! I remember going there after church with my Grandpa Clement (Frank-Cheeser) for a milk shake. Mom would sen us for mellow rolls. We would cut across the creek at Mrs. Mantel’s house, through the field beside Munor’s and cross the road. Mr. Frazer and his wife had the best penny candy!!

Margaret Jones Drennan to Susan Elliott Topping My favourite penny candy was the licorice black babies and the black balls. You wouldn’t dare call that candy by those names these days or you may get tarred and feathered.

Peggy Byrne Best hot dogs ever

Karen Hirst Fraser’s Snack Bar—had little musical players on wall, each booth. Hard candy choices, chocolate, licorice, ice cream in the roll, milkshakes—a yummy place to stop off for a sweet bite back in the day! Ken lived on Augusta Street further up Martin St.—a favorite stop for energy!!!

John Morrow I believe Ken lived just a couple of doors from my grandmother, Effie Robertson and her second husband Cliff. They lived at 202 Augusta and my Dad’s uncle and aunt, Joe and Emma Morrow, lived at 165 Augusta.

Karen Hirst John Morrow, Yes Ken recalls Joe Morrow and interviewed once for a school project.

Cheryl Millar-hanna I remember my Aunt coming from Pembroke for a visit and she would take us in and buying a whole box of Swedish berries for us to share ! Loved that place!

Kathy Dunbar Where was that at Susan.?

Susan Elliott Topping Just on the bend at the lights (left side)almost across from Blackburn’s garage.

Pat Newton I was coming out of Fraser’s when I heard the Fire siren it was the Collies mill fire.

Mom would send us over to get chocolate bars pieces…bulk ones

Always candy in the window. Little cloth bags of gold pieces (gum) thrills, pixie sticks…family size chocolate bars. Mellow roll ice cream. Mr. Fraser seemed 10 feet tall! 

Kathy Duncan Fraser’s was a great place! Lots of treats

Glenn Arthur Yes Fraser’s Their sign said “If you are not happy with the service tell us – If you are happy tell others “

Samantha Gernhart I used to live pretty much across the street. I remember at one point it was an ice cream store

Carla Patterson Samantha Gernhart yes scoops was the name

Ron Terpstra Great memories. The good ole days. 💝

Wendy West Turzanski Remember Fraser’s well……

Steve Conlon It was a small restaurant called Knipperkins.. served homemade soups and sandwiches

Julie Sheaves I’ve always wondered what was there! Thanks for posting Linda!

Margaret McNeely Remember it as Fraser’s….use to stop there after high school…..made the greatest hot fudge sundaes!

Alyssa Toshack A couple other small shops popped up. I remember a popcorn company. Small operation. But always a great spot for an after school treat!

Jaci Smithson Nipperkin

Jim Sonnenburg-Drummond I was trying to remember the name of it!!!

Chris Hume Yes! There was a very devoted group of Nipperkin-ians back in the day! ❤

Rosemarie Mote Fraser’s, very near our house on Queen Street. Would go there for candy!

Margaret Jones Drennan Gordon and Edna Fraser owned and operated this corner store for many years. In the front window they had all their penny candy, used to spend my allowance there. Also a great selection of comic books.

Had a restaurant area at the back of the shop. A lot of high school kids often went there for lunch or to get together after school, Hamburgs, chips, and cokes were the popular choice. They also had stools at a dairy bar where they sold ice cream – 7 cents for a mellow roll cone. Every so often, for a very special family treat, my Dad would take me there to buy a big bottle of Pure Spring Gingerale. They had a daughter, Mavis Fraser, who married Allen Dunfield. The Fraser’s were a lovely family. Good memories

Ernest Albert Margaret Jones Drennan : I forgot about Mavis , Thank for jogging my mind !!

Jane Stewart I remember the tragic accident that took her life. I was friends with their adopted daughter Wanda.

Margaret Jones Drennan Susan Elliott Topping Did they also have two other children, Ronald and Heather?

Karin Setter Margaret Jones Drennan They also had a son Chris. We were neighbours. A nice family

Margaret Jones Drennan Karin Setter Thanks Karin, yes, Chris, how could I forget him. I don’t remember of Wanda though. Yes, lovely family.

Dawn Jones Margaret Jones Drennan : I went to school with Heather. No idea where she is now.

John Morrow I have a copy of Edna Fraser’s Easy Penuche Icing recipe from a cookbook published by the Almonte United Church about 1955 or 56. If anybody is interested I can post it (it was in a recipe scrapbook my grandmother, Effie Robertson, kept).

John Morrow Easy Penuche Icing

Servings: 12

½ cup butter

1 cup brown sugar, packed

¼ cup milk

1 cup icing sugar

Melt butter. Add brown sugar. Boil over low heat 2 minutes stirring constantly.

Stir in milk. Bring to boil stirring constantly. Cool to lukewarm.

Gradually add icing sugar (beat after each addition) until thick enough to spread.

Description: “contributed to Almonte United Church cookbook, ca. 1955, by Edna Fraser.”

Mary Anne Harrison There was one of these dunking birds in the window at Fraser’s. I was mesmerized by it when I was a kid. Guess it didn’t take much 😄


Scott McBurney I have a Happy Bird going all the time in my classroon in Kansas. If the water gets too low the kids fill it up, dunk his head, and start him up again!

Scott McBurney Mine has a yellow hat and his feathers are worn off.

Susan Elliott Topping Scott McBurney My Aunt Vi had one of these! Wonder where it is now?

Sylvia Coones A candy store and ice cream counter ran by Edna and Gordon Fraser. Great milkshakes, sundaes and ice cream cones. Sold penny candy, comic books and bridge mixtures etc. A great place

Randy Rivington McDonald’s had a store there.

Diane L Brown Loved the penny candy,always a spot to drop into,great memories of Fraser’s ❤🍬🍭🍦🍨

Sandy France The Frasers would let high school kids bring their lunch in and eat it, as long as you bought a 7 cent Coke. Also, Frasers was the cut off for smoking on Martin Street..past Frasers you couldn’t smoke on Martin Street. Don’t remember if kids smoked in Frasers or not. This was the ‘50’s.

Marla Cockerell The Information Sideroad!

Bobby Gallant Went there it’s as a kid Fraser’s the made good chocolate malts

Glenna Kells Wow that’s not still there is it??

Peter Low In all my life in Almonte, I’ve never been to Frasers. As of the above photo, one would imagine it could be a start up for an up and coming entrapreneur.

Ernest Albert Peter Low : Hi Peter , Ernie Little saying hello !! Brenda and Judy’s brother !! My mom use to keep a eye on you guys !! I use too beg for money so I could go to Fraser’s !! Lot of things mention on this site today , wow , I’m talking back 65 – 70 years ago Peter !!

Susan Elliott Topping Ernest Albert Wow! I went to school with Judy and never knew she had a brother. Your Dad used to cut all my brother’s and my Dad;’s hair. Your Mom and Dad were such nice people.

Sharon Savard Frasers was a great restaurant we used to go there in high school at lunch time bring oour own lunch & buy a soft drink there Edna didn’t like it but Gordon did’t mind I also remember all the candy in the window took us forever to make up our mind which ones we wanted Loved Frasers

Marion MacDonald Got my candy there in the 50’s.

Robert Desarmia It had penny grab bags, maybe the last soda fountain in the town. Mr. Fraser was freindly Mrs. Fraser not as often. penny candy in the front right window in the picture. I remember it had tons on magazines. More risque ones (not really porn as we know it today), buried at the back.

Scott McBurney I remember stopping in occasionally for a Pure Spring ginger ale or salt and vinegar chips on the way home from school.


Jayne Munro-Ouimet Bob McDonald once owned this store and lived in the house attached. I my memory is correct. Liz Robinson, am I correct?

Anne Hourigan Sharon remember we always went after Church

Paul Latour I remember having breakfast there a couple times about 20 years ago. Nice little coffee shop. Too bad its not being used as such today. Was that Nipperkins?

Dawn Jones Paul Latour : yes Nipperkins

Susan Renwick-Clark Fond memories of going to Fraser’s with my Dad to get ice cream! He passed away this year so frankly this was a great memory to see this week!

Judy Cressman I knew it as “Frasers’ restaurant “ when I went to high school in the 60s. We had many chips and gravy or hamburgers there.

Pat Lipton i spotted it a few years ago…looks like it was a storefront. Rough shape right now

Donna Timmins Fraser’s Store.. Gordon was a gem! Loved the ice cream mellow rolls. , candy and my first & only pack of cigarettes that we sneaked out to try. Oh My True Confessions!

Kathy Dunbar Yes now I know thanks.

Heather Leary Can remember as a kid from CP I participated in the walk to raise money to build the arena in Cp. the walk took us past this store and I stopped in and bought red licorice laces.lol

Cristina Mullin Best candy shop !💖ever

Cathy Paterson Fraser’s Store and restaurant ! Great place

Shaun J. McLaughlin Wasn’t it also a pottery studio more recently?

Alyssa Toshack Marilyn Snedden wants to share:

When I was a teenager in the 50’s ,all the kids in town used to stop there at McDonald’s to get a Mellow Roll ice cream cone. The ice cream was in a cardboard roll like a toilet paper one which was removed before giving it to the customer.My cousins in Perth, whose father Russell Robertson owned the Perth Dairy, said they hated those cones because every summer they were sick of unrolling them for kids.

McDonalds had other goodies too and must have been a corner store selling items other than sweets to kids.

Sylvia Coones I think there was a computer repair store there for awhile

Donald Price He had a great assortment of penny candy and grab bags. He was a very nice man.

Norma Morrow There wasn’t much to do in Almonte for a night out but every now and then our parents would go to the O’Brien Theatre and on the way home they would stop at Frazier’s and buy “Little Golden Books “ for us



CLUB ACTIVITIES-Almonte Amateur Radio Club

The popular Wednesday night nets continued during the year at 9:00 p.m. on 147.27 MHz with net control Les VA3BZQ.  The doughnut or coffee meetings were now held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, at 9:30 a.m.  Nipperkins coffee shop in Almonte was the new gathering place, with some meeting held at the Country Style doughnut shop on Highway 7 in Carleton Place.  Volunteers continued to help with the annual Goblin Partol on Halloween night to help local Almonte authorities keep the streets safe.

 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Jun 1999, Fri  •  Page 66

What Did You Eat at the Superior? Comments Comments Comments and a 1979 Review

What Did You Eat at the Superior? Comments Comments Comments and a 1979 Review


Marty Taylor Dates. Unfortunately, all the waitresses said “NO”. 😉

Cathy Paterson Hot Roast Beef , Vanilla Drink , Rice Pudding

Angela Munro-Brelis Rice pudding!!!! By far

Tammy-Mike McLaughlin Chicken and zucchini sticks!

Dawn Jones Breaded veal cutlet. yum.

D Christopher Vaughan Chicken!

Leann Thompson Lasagna! It’s the best for takeout.

Angela Munro-Brelis Oh yea!!! Good call on the lasagna

Jason Perrier Growing up it was cheeseburger deluxe with gravy on the fries and a chocolate shake. It was always a hot chocolate on the way to school and can’t forget how good the pizza was.

Peggy Byrne The candy counter there was unbelievable – they made all their homemade fudge and it was delicious – especially the one that was rolled in peanuts.

Connie Ross Having a cherry coke!!

Christine Moses Pork souvlaki now but not sure it was on the menu 30 years ago.

Julie Cavanagh-Wilson Breakfast! Can’t get their perfect poached eggs anywhere else.

Brenda Marshall Banana cream pie

JoAnne Phillips A cheeseburger with all of those delicious fried onions on top.

Sharron Davis Rice pudding!

Donna Timmins A coke or Pepsi with salted peanuts in it. True!

Wendy West Turzanski Had to be the
Cheeseburger 🍔 and fries with gravy – delish!

Sandy France When it was owned by Dinty and Eddie Scott, four hamburgers and 4 fountain cokes.

Sylvia Coones Lime coke

Judy Ann Rice pudding topped with whipped cream …yum yum

Sandy Irvin Milkshakes

Susan Elliott Topping Rice Pudding and Chicken!

David Osborne Ice Cream cones (60 years ago!)

Ron Terpstra-Hot Chicken Sandwich

Mary Sterling Jarick Hot beef or chicken sandwich.

Judy Ann I’m getting hungry … 😮🙂

Jayne Munro-Ouimet Crispy chicken

Kevin Illingworth Rice pudding or their milkshakes

Sandra Houston Chicken. But you still had to have a cheeseburger deluxe gravy on the side….with fried onions

Melissa Hamilton Their chicken was the best! Grandpa used to always send me for some…..but don’t forget the honey packets or I was in big trouble

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Johnny Spinks Pizza

Karen Hirst Friday pea soup and fish & chips along with the best rice pudding were go to menu items many years ago

Cyndii Hitchins Demers chicken and rice pudding ..

Marion MacDonald cherry coke

Sandra Houston Coconut cream pie
Rice pudding

Anne Hourigan Hamburger


Photo from Ted Hurdis
Here is a pic of my mother in front of “the soup”/ The Superior. Probably around 1942 1943. Dad would have been overseas and that’s my sister Thelma in the carriage

Don Raycroft Hot hamburger, gravy on the fries !! Best anywhere..

John Metcalfe Veal cutlet as well as their chicken and I loved the fried onions it made any burger the best ever

Sally Tuffin Loved their club sandwiches.

Jaci Smithson Vanilla coke floats


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John Montreuil Anyone one ever see Doug Sonnenburg in there?

Christine Brodie Hot chicken sandwich

Paul Charlebois- Best pizza anywhere! Cheeseburgers too

Sandra Thompson Coconut cream pie, rice pudding, chicken souvlaki, chicken salad sandwich & hamburgers, I could go on but I won’t. You get the picture…lol George & Terry were very good cooks. I enjoyed many meals there. I wish they were still there, it’s just not the same anymore. I hardly go there.

Erin Topping Cherry coke 😁

Julia Abbott Greek salad

Sheila Mueck I work there when Ed and Dinty owed it and June Alice Ann Ruth Flossie and others I can’t remember sorry !!!!!!!!

Karen Hirst I worked at the Superior Restaurant as a waitress on weekends, last year of high school. Owned then by George & Terry Charos. Great staff at the time, very helpful. Restaurant work isn’t easy for sure, so hats off to those who serve us while we enjoy our meals in all the restaurants we patronize—thank you.

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Did you know there was a name contest to name the Superior??


Jayne Munro-Ouimet Karen, it is still belongs to George and Terry. One of the wives is still the server. Little has changed on the menu and they still make their special chicken.

Karen Hirst Yes that is true—building is owned by George & Terry and Peter cooks sometimes but I believe business is run by another fellow??  Peter’s wife does the waitressing.


 - Saturday, July 28, 1979 Good food good prices...

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The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
28 Jul 1979, Sat  •  Page 20

Good food good prices in Almonte Superior Restaurant M Mill St. Almonte, Ont. 25S-3954 HOURS: Mon-Thurs 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Fri. & Sat. to midnight. Sun. 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. LICENSED PARKING: On street and behind the restaurant CAPACITY: 190 CARDS: Masterchargc, VisaChargex DRESS: Very Casual RESERVATIONS: Necessary ror large groups FOR HANDICAPPED: No problems By Marilyn Minnes The sign beckons: “Welcome to Almonte, the friendly town.” Here among this historic business section, you’ll find as friendly a restaurant in the Superior as the welcome bespeaks. The small homespun draped “boomtown” storefront, an early 20th century design, is deceptive in sie. Inside, the restaurant progresses from a tiled-floor front section, diner style with booths, counter and stools, beyond to arborite tables with leatherette chairs, and finally, into the classier and roomy back lounge with its bright red carpeting, gold and print linencd tables, red leatherette chairs and dark wood panelled walls decorated with mirrored wall sconces. The menu is as family oriented as the room. While it varies slightly for the less formal bar stool and booth patrons (there are daily price specials available in these sections), it covers the gamut of pizza to Italian specialties, fried chicken, steaks and other grilled items pork chops, liver, ham and mixed grill, seafood, roasts (pork and turkey), hot and cold sandwiches, omelets and salads.

Meal prices are in the $:i.25-$5.r0 range. For dessert there’s a variety of homemade pies, the fruit fillings generally canned. The banana cream ($.90) has fresh slices on top of a pudding base. An excellent choice is the creamy rice pudding ($.80 topped with freshly-whipped cream.) The service is a refreshing as the town. Our uniformed young waitress had spent the day haying on the family farm before preparing for her evening shift. Our trio, returning to Ottawa from a day in the country, started with appetizers of shrimp cocktail ($3.25). celery hearts and olives ($1.50) and a chef’s salad bowl ($1.20). Servings are generous. The cocktail was made up of seven, count them, seven firm, fresh jumbo shrimp on a bed of crisp iceberg with a mini-cup of nippy cocktail sauce. There was crisp celery aplenty intermingled with olives, but the celery could have been more carefully washed. The salad bowl was full to overflowing with crisp, fresh garden vegetables. Dressings are not housemade.

A well-prepared and substantial main course item is the veal cutlet parmigiana ($5.25). a tender breaded veal cutlet, sauteed and blanketed with mozzarella and accompanied by spaghetti smothered with a spicy homemade meat sauce. Salad plates are ample, fresh and refrigerator cool. My choice was the shrimp plate ($5.25), made up of the same jumbo shrimp, a good potato salad dotted with green onions, hard cooked egg halves and coleslaw and tomato on a bed well padded with crisp lettuce. A club sandwich ($3.40) combines thick slices of turkey meat, bacon, lettuce and tomato with a pocket of coleslaw and a heap of french fries. You’ll find every hot and cold sandwich ($1.15 to $3.45) which your small-fry, or you, might fancy, minus the proverbial peanut butter. The wine list while brief is varied. We chose an Italian Bcrtolli Orvicto $10.25 full bottle, $5.50 half-bottle (LCBO $5.20 and $2.90). Orders can be prepared for take-out. That’s handy since there are picturesque picnic spots nearby. The best bets here are the pressure-fried chicken done up as you like either in buckets of chicken only or meal packs which Include honey, french fries, coleslaw and buns. Pizzas and the Italian dishes also are take-out specials. The Greek owners, brothers Terry and George Charos, having established themselves here during the past 14 years, keep busy donning the chefs hat and hosting. The result is an orderly low-key establishment combining low prices with good food and hospitality. Friendliness Is the key word.