A Trip Back in Time

Knowels 1Going for lunch today with friend I don’t see enough of was a treat in itself but to top it off she introduced me to “Knowles Restaurant” in Dunnville.

Right on the main drag in downtown Dunnville this unlikely little nook was a step back in time.  A line of old stools, wooden panel walls, and swinging kitchen doors swept me back to the 50’s in my Grandmother’s Tea Room in Port Dover.  The elaborately painted tin ceiling made me want to eat with my face pointed upward and and the back walls lined with small booths made for a perfect venue even before we got food.

This kind of old fashioned charm cannot be recaptured with new appointments.  This is the real deal and it has looked like this since 1952.

The front windows have a strange shape which is also peculiar to the era.  A sneak peak at the stainless soda fountain reveals one just like I used to know.  Grandpa and I used to sneak in the side door, grab a spoon, dip and twist it in the butterscotch and retreat quickly Knowelsbefore we could be detected.

I don’t know how long this little piece of the past can survive but I hope it’s a long time.  If the food is an indicator it will stay in business for a while.  Nothing fancy but home made and good.  Home made soup and an ordinary sandwich like you could make in your own kitchen, for a reasonable price.  Also good service with a smile but no hovering.

Dunnville isn’t a spot I visit often but I’ll go back for lunch here and I hope you will too.  Take your kids and grand kids so they will understand what you are talking about when you talk about the restaurants of yesteryear.

Thanks T for a great afternoon.

If you want to put it in your GPS here’s the info and review from Trip Advisor.



About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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