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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



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  3. Page 7
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    1. The Ottawa Journal,
    2. 26 Jul 1899, Wed,
    3. Page 7
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    5. Did you Know that Temperance Drinks Are all the Rage Now?

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



June 6 1891–Almonte Gazette

Mrs. M. Bowes of Almonte has removed her grocery and restaurant to the stand on Mill street formerly occupied by T. Mitcheson, where she will be pleased to meet customers. A full line of choice Fruit, Confectionery, Canned Goods are always on hand. Also Ice Cream and all kinds of Temperance Drinks–Almonte Gazette

When Prohibition rolled around in 1919, the growing art of American drink making that had gained steam in the mid 19th century came to a screeching halt. Alcohol was banned which did not stop its consumption, but the true craftsmen of the trade either fled the country to pursue their livelihood elsewhere or they changed fields entirely. The quality of alcohol dropped and the drinks made from it were less artful in their design and became more a crafty way to cover over harsh off flavors and stings. Did you know that Temperance Bars are making a comeback? It’s true!

Georgia Mint Julep
• 1 tsp Lemon Juice
• 1 tsp Powdered Sugar
• 1/4 cup Peach Syrup (*)
• 3/4 cup White Grape Juice
• 3 sprays Mint
In a tall goblet, crush a spray of mint at the bottom of the glass. Add sugar, a
little water, and lemon juice; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add peach syrup and
grape juice, and stir. Fill with crushed ice and garnish with the rest of the mint

Strawberry-Lemon Froth
• 1 Egg White
• Juice 1/2 Lemon (1 oz)
• 3/4 cup Water
• 2 tsp Sugar
• 1/2 dozen Strawberries
Muddle all the strawberries (save for one) with sugar in the bottom of a cocktail
shaker. Add lemon juice, water, and ice, shake, and double strain (use a fine
strainer) into a tall glass. Separately, beat an egg white into a meringue and stir
stiffly into the drink. Garnish with a strawberry. Note: strawberries back in the
1920’s were a lot smaller than the large ones commonly found today; therefore, I
muddled 3 medium-large strawberries instead of 5.


Temperance Convention–Howard Morton Brown

A convention of delegates of the Bathurst District Temperance Society was held in the Methodist Chapel, Carleton Place on February 23, 1836.  The Rev. William Bell was appointed chairman of the meeting and the Rev. T. C. Wilson, secretary.  The secretaries of the five societies whose delegates were present gave an account of the formation, constitution and present membership of their respective societies.  Memberships are Perth 511, Mississippi and Ramsay 295, Lanark 187, Richmond 57, and Franktown 18.  There are several other Temperance Societies in the District –

Thomas C. Wilson, secretary

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