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Dupont’s Mill Street Restaurant Renovated 1899

Dupont’s Mill Street Restaurant Renovated 1899


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Photo of Mill Street from Almonte.com



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...

Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 20 Jul 1899, Thu,
  3. Page 7
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    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





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

    5. Did you Know that Temperance Drinks Are all the Rage Now?

Comments About The Pine Room — Highway 15

Comments About The Pine Room — Highway 15


Ted Hurdis –-Pretty sure this was at the corner of Hwy #15 and the 10th line. There’s a chip wagon there now.

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Photo of the present building where The Pine Room once was.. Photo-The Crispy Spud

Andrea McCoy Yes it was right where the chip wagon is. I believe it burnt down– I worked there my first paying job–There was the dining room with the stucco walls. Then a more casual eating area with a counter and stools and tables and then the store.
I cannot remember the cooks name….nice guy. Worked there with Bud, June and their daughter Leslie. There is a son too. I am sure there are a few of us with stories to tell.

Janice Tennant Campbell— Hwy 15 and 10th Line was Brook’s Store when I was younger.

Lorelei Brunton Worked there as cook summer 1980.

Maureen Myhers My aunt and uncle Bud and June Savage along with their son Paddy and daughter Les owned it and I also worked there, great place to eat,drink and socialize. Maureen McGrath

Janice Tennant Campbell Linda Seccaspina it was a grocery / variety store then as far as I remember. I’ll have to ask Mom Bob Brooks owned it. We used to stop there or at Shackleton’s at Blacks Corners on the way to the Cottage.

Debbie Roy I remember that place. My Aunt Helen and Uncle Howard owned it and ran it as a grocery store during the 1970’s. But I can’t remember who bought it from them


Tammy Marion  – This is a picture I took in the kitchen of the Pine Room some time between 1976 and 1980..My brother had just started working there as a cook ( in the plaid shirt ). He loved to cook.. I can’t remember the man’s name on the right and I don’t know who the girl is in the background. Other’s may know..

Ted Hurdis  Farook Assada ran it.

Tracy Diane Cindy Dakers Regimbald you used to work there!

Ann Stearns Rawson There was also an oil delivery service there but later torn down. At one point someone named Savage ran the restaurant.

Sandra Rattray It was Bob Brooks gas station and grocery store

Wendy Healey Went there for dinner Prom Night one year

Donna Mcfarlane Jim Murray had the first store there .. He moved a cabin from the 11th line there and opened a wee store late 40s i think cant remember the ones who owned it in 54 but I remember they were held up

Mike Dakers Before it was a restaurant, it was Bob Brooks BA gas and service and our local store and hangout. I worked there at nights and weekends pumping gas and cutting grass. With a push mower O might add. It took 2-3 days to cut lol. Think i made .50 cents and an abundance of glass bottle coke and chocolate bars. Bob was also the first fire chief of Beckwith fire co. And my father Duncan was Deputy Chief. That was in the mid sixties for me. And after that, it was turned into the pine room restaurant, owner was a man named Bud Savage, and later on his son took over. I might add also, my sister worked as a server there also. We did just live right across the road. Good memories.

Paul Todd Gloria’s Father and I frequent the Pine Room at lunch time when we built at the corner of 15 & 10th line

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston OMG Yes – as teenagers we used to go to that station and I remember being in the Pine Room too. There’s 2 things that weren’t even on my radar!

Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown Jeff Dezell we went there for our Grade 8 graduation!

Sylvia Giles–Use to go into the dining room for dinner with my Mom and Dad!!

Patti Ann Giles-When we lived on Doe Rd. 1975, I used to bike there with my 2 year old son to get him a popsicle. Owners were great people.

Jeremy Stinson It had stucco walls in the 60s/70s style with the tops of barrels with xxx on them. Ate there when I was a kid. Shanna Willis, there is an infamous story about your mother working there. The story involved swinging doors to the kitchen.

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Photos Donna McFarlane

Donna McFarlane–The Pine Room– here is a couple shots of the interior at a hockey banquet.. the one after fire was taken about 2 weeks after. It was added on to so many times I remember when Jim Murray moved one of the cabins from what was then the 11th line but is now near junction of 7 and 15..It was very small then-John and I had left the annual fire dept dance a bit early to go down east.. there was a lot of static on his pager as we were on Queensway but without cell phones..did not realize it was a call.. That was the night of the annual dance that someone torched the pine room.


Fire at the Pine Room- Photo donna Mcfarlane

Hi Linda. Hope all is well with you and down at your end. I just wanted to mention to you that one of the old owners of the old Pine Room Tavern ( where the now Crispy Spud chip truck sits on 15 highway} recently passed away..Lanny Steele. He is in that picture I posted/sent to you way ack of my brother Gord working in the kitchen there and Lanny is in it as well. Just thought I’d let you know since you have written and posted about that place before….https://ottawacitizen.remembering.ca/obituary/franklin-steele-1082721931

Thanks to Tammy Marion

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

Glory Days in Carleton Place– Fooji Doris and George




Photo Linda Seccaspina and the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


I find the greatest things online and yesterday I found some great memory postings about Carleton Place. I have edited it a tad.:) If the authors of this conversation would like their names in print I will add it. Always like giving credit where credit is due. But, this was just too good not for everyone to share.


As a kid, I remember going to the downtown Tim Horton’s after Sunday School, where old men would smoke pipes and cigars at the coffee-bar. As an adolescent, I remember being too young to drink, but old enough to stay out late enough to watch drunks fight on Bridge Street during River Days.


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I remember Wandering Wayne (who I sadly heard recently passed away), Doris the Crossing Guard (who was ridiculed by us kids for providing an important community service), and the Black Widow (who I always felt sorry for, but who was inevitably going to become a staple of the town). I remember the Carambeck School (and the sweet bike jumps behind it). George’s Arcade, bush parties and Tom’s Bicycle Shop.

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Like so many other kids from the Valley, there wasn’t much in the way of jobs for me in my home town, and as soon as it started feeling small, I found my way to the city. But my folks still live there, so I go back often. And I have to say, it depresses me a bit to see the town becoming such an obvious bedroom community. But I guess every generation feels that way about change. I hope the kids growing up there today still get their fair-share of the memorable places, people, and general shenanigans that were the Carleton Place I grew up with.


Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


How about when the Moose used to be Boomers? Or when Giant Tiger was on the corner near the cinema. Then there was Fooji, who was just an older guy, that wandered up the Main Street picking up cigarette butts and bottles and cans and stuff never really said much (that you could understand anyway) He was one of those small town characters that I wish now that I would have learned more about. Oh yeah – didn’t the town recognize him as a volunteer and give him a safety vest/gloves? He would spend hours everyday cleaning up trash around Carleton Place.



Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


The Leatherworks used to be a hopping pub, but the owners sold it. The place changed owners until a year or so ago when it became The Waterfront Gastro Pub where the menu is decent again, good beer selection and live music, comedy nights, karaoke, etc. The place is starting to get a good rep.

13501631_724409814329340_4816198200988305881_n.jpgWe have a Farmers Market where the old Canadian Tire used to be, and it is crazy busy on Saturdays. Personally I think the town really cleaned up and is a cute place to live. It’s not the small town it used to be.


Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


I still love the place, and I don’t pretend it didn’t have rough edges. Thing is, I sort of liked those rough edges. Granted, George’s Arcade was a place to play Mortal Combat and Revolution X, and Mississippi River Days became an alcohol-fuelled embarrassment for the whole community. But sometimes the rough edges are what help define a place.

I think you could argue that there is a modern focus on suburban development that’s coming at the expense of the small-town vibe I grew up taking for granted. But, I also get the reality that other towns in the Valley are struggling to keep people, so I’m glad CP is growing. But, we all love to complain about change.



Dale Lowe– Whatever Mr. Houston’s REAL name was, everyone simply new him as Foojee (or simply Fooj). Anyway, he was a regular at Skillen’s Bakery (where my mom worked)…and would stop in most days while out collecting cigarette butts or beer bottles. And…Foojee will always be remembered for his greeting…that seemed to be all one word strung together – – “Hello-and-how-are-you-today”??

Caroleann Lowry McRaeHis real name is David

Joann VoyceI remember him as the best pinboy at the Bowling Alley


Related Reading

Taking it to the Streets—The Crossing Guards of Carleton Place

Food Fit For Olympians in Carleton Place

RACK ‘EM UP —Do You Remember George’s Playhouse?

Rack’ Em Up Lads! Pool Halls ETC. in Carleton Place

Down on Main Street –Forgotten Photos of Bridge Street Past

Boomers of Carleton Place

Remembering The Leatherworks in Carleton Place

Remembering Your Smiling Face at My Second Place

RACK ‘EM UP —Do You Remember George’s Playhouse?

In Memory of George’s Pizza in Carleton Place

Twin Oaks Motel Opens -1959 — Highway 7 Landmarks

Let’s Have Some Curb Service!


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Related Reading:

Glory Days of Carleton Place-The Olde Barracks– Sharon Holtz– Part 2 

Glory Days of Carleton Place-The Olde Barracks-Canada’s Forgotten “Little Bunkers”-Leigh Gibson

Glory Days in Carleton Place-Sherri Iona (Lashley)

Glory Days in Carleton Place -Wesley Parsons

Chesswood of Carleton Place –THE MENU




Chesswood  of Carleton Place is now open.

Chef Dan Serson just sent me the menu.









Follow them on Instagram!!

Hours have changed a little and are:
Tues and Wed 3-10pm
Thurs, Fri and Sat 3-11pm







Seduction–One Night at Chesswood

Everyone Eats When… A Chesswood Teaser!!

The Carleton Place Food Menu Challenge




Photo by Linda Seccaspina–The gals at St. James Gate in Carleton Place

Gary Dike Belcourt posted a valid argument today on the Carleton Place Restaurant And Retail Review Facebook page  

Why are so few of our local businesses absent from an online presence– especially the restaurants. This is a new day and age folks, and people want the information at their fingertips on their electronic devices. If not, there they will go somewhere else.

Giving your small business an online presence means more than simply putting up a little website with your company’s address and phone number. It means setting up a virtual version of your business, with a welcoming, informative website, a Facebook page and Twitter account. In this electronic era, more people search online for the products and services they need as opposed to searching through a phone book. Ignoring this important potential marketing platform is akin to saying, “I don’t need any new business.”

The Internet encompasses a much larger area than the few miles local to your business’ office or store. Your Web presence reaches out to everyone who passes by your virtual doorstep, which could include people from right next door or in another country. Depending on your specific industry and offerings, this could open up a much wider customer base than relying on face-to-face interactions would.

Carleton Place resident Ted MacDonald wrote many pieces to get the word out, but we need more. Lisa Strangway has worked hard to set up the Carleton Place Social Scene on Facebook as the place to go for information about upcoming events, and especially the place you will get information  about local emergencies. So we could do the same thing as the CPSS setting up the  Carleton Place Restaurant And Retail Review Facebook page  as place to go for menus.

My challenge to you is: when you eat at a local restaurant take a picture of their menu or ask for one and scan it. Send it to me at sav_77@yahoo.com and I will put it all together. I in turn will send it to the Carleton Place Restaurant And Retail Review Facebook page so they can keep it as a document so it will always be handy.

So why should we take the time to do this? Because we care, and if no one else is doing it is NO reason why we shouldn’t. Why? Because we love our town-that should be enough. There should never be the word ‘can’t’ in our vocabulary.


A very important comment was added today by Wes Parsons:

Where is our Economic Development Agent? Instead of twenty different restaurant website addresses and another ten links on reviews and feedback, why don’t we have one town portal with an Eats and Drinks category that connects us to all our local businesses? It would be handy to have this all organized and I think this falls under that person’s job function.


St. James Gate

Jaime Duchemin –St. James Gate has a website that includes our full menu and you can book a table with the touch of a finger. You can also join our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay updated with our latest events, weekend dinner features and specials.



Here are some of Ted’s stories about Carleton Place eateries

Good Eats Survey of Carleton Place Restaurants — Thanks to The Ted Report

The Carleton Place Ale Trail — What “Ales” You Asks The Ted Report?

Ted MacDonald’s $20 Dollar Challenge–St. James Gate

Ted MacDonald
March 9 at 12:39pm

Twenty Dollar Challenge. It has been a long and slow January and February for the shops and restaurants on Bridge Street and many are hurting from lack of pedestrian traffic. So take $20 out of the piggy bank, take a stroll and treat yourself to something downtown. 

Lynda Hartley —Ladies, Grab your man for date night, Enjoy a dinner out!!

Ted MacDonald—I met my own challenge today. A great bowl of Pho at Saigon Delight, Then down the street to Wisteria where I was going to buy some of their yummy chocolates for dessert but Gail decided she needed a new sweater more than I needed a treat. C’est la vie for husbands.
On Valentine’s Day we tried to get into to St. James Gate— but it was packed- so today we decided to head over there and take Ted’s Challenge. Money is tight everywhere, but imagine having a business in the winter– so I am all about supporting local as much as I possibly can.
Each day they have a lunch special- and today’s was Kettle of the day: cream of sweet potato and the Sandwich was: crispy chicken Caesar wrap. Then there are “after 5” specials too if you are counting your spare loose change.
My dining partner opted for the Fish N Chips after I suggested it. He is from California and is pretty picky in the quality. He is not enamoured of the fries we have in this area and calls them‘soggy bottom fries’ LOLOL —but thought these were the best he has had.
I had the Senior’s Special trying to stay under budget and because I can 🙂 The chicken was fresh and the fries crisp.
So how did we fare out? Yes we were over the $20 dollar challenge by a bit- but it was nice to get out and enjoy a meal I didn’t have to cook. Steve gave it a thumb’s up and said the fish was as good as he has ever had, and better than the Berkeley Bowl in California. Good going St. James! We will be back. Support local!

Remembering The Leatherworks in Carleton Place


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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 27 Oct 1979


Photo from the Waterfront Gastropub 2016


Remember eating at The Leatherworks in the old McNeely tannery that now houses The Waterfront Gastropub? The popular eatery was once owned by Dennis Burn and Terry McDonald.


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

Looking for a picture of Terry please:)


Dennis today from the Leatherworks

Did you know Dennis began his career by washing dishes while still in high school and decided to stick with it. When Burns moved to Carleton Place he and business partner, Terry McDonald decided to open up the Leatherworks.

McDonald was living in Almonte at the time and making trip between the two towns. The two had met at Algonquin College where they had both been enrolled in the hotel/ restaurant business. At the time this newspaper story came out about them they were about to open The Ironworks in Almonte.



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

The Tannery building at 12 Bell Street in Carleton Place was first built in 1852 (says 1825 in first photo-me thinks someone turned numbers around) by John Murdock, but then was replaced with the stone structure. In 1981, the log addition was built to house the kitchen and pub. In 1991, it opened as The Leatherworks with a patio soon built on.

Today I am remembering their Mississippi Mud Pie–trust me.

Bob Lacey added-there was a third partner involved with the original opening of the Leatherworks that had worked with Denis while they were both at the Lone Star Cafe in Ottawa. Bob Lacey that was involved for the first year and a half, he later became involved with other restaurants in Southern Ontario and then later back in the Ottawa area and was eventually bought out by Terry and Denis



Llew Lloyd– Before it was a restaurant the artist Murray Smith renovated it to use an art studio . An attempt was made to reconstruct a barn on the property closer to Bell that is now used as a parking lot .

Related Reading:

Boomers of Carleton Place

Remembering Your Smiling Face at My Second Place

RACK ‘EM UP —Do You Remember George’s Playhouse?

In Memory of George’s Pizza in Carleton Place

Twin Oaks Motel Opens -1959 — Highway 7 Landmarks

Let’s Have Some Curb Service!

Boomers of Carleton Place










Jack Dawes and Zab Vanderhyden opened up Boomers (Now the Thirsty Moose) in the hopes of offering the community a good eatery and a place for a night of  music and dancing. Vanderhyden worked the morning shift and Dawes covered the evenings.

How did Boomers get their name? Well they hoped it would appeal to baby boomers, but in reality, it was a tribute to old log boomers that once filled this town. Their lunch menu had nothing that was over $5.95 and they also offered a Sunday brunch. There was some speculation that a hot dog cart would soon end up on their patio as an added summer attraction. Did it?


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Food Fit For Olympians in Carleton Place



The week the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum posted his picture of ads from restaurants gone by. I have about 4 or 5 I am going to write about n the next few weks. I have written about The Olympia Restaurant before, but it seems time for another installment.

One of the people that ran the Olympia restaurant was Monib El Jaji and his family. El had been cooking for other restaurants for 18 years when he decide to open his own. He had moved his family from Lebanon to Canada in 1967 as he wanted his kids to grow up in a peaceful place.


They served a wider variety of food from Chinese, Canadian, Lebanese to Italian. His motto was that his food was fit ‘for Olympians’. He was not only proud of his Thursday to Sunday buffet but also the fact he had a salad bar. They even had a special chef for Chinese food. With free delivery in town it was a hotspot in the community.