Posted by: Media Manager | July 31, 2017

Ponderosa, Red Barn, Moviola and Frank Vetere’s

Until the late 1960’s, the west side of Brookdale Avenue between the Brookdale (Woolco) Mall and the Towne Line Bowling had not been developed for retail purposes as is the case now. The photo above was taken prior to the construction of the Brookdale Mall.

1969 saw the Red Barn open at 1110 Brookdale Avenue (photo above – above the tracks) and remain until 1973.

Red Barn_Robert LefebvreRobert Lefebvre passed us this Red Barn photo to share with you.

In 1973, the Ponderosa Steak House opened next door at 1106 Brookdale Avenue. Ponderosa_1981-10-01Managers seemed to change frequently. John Belcarz was there in 1973; Rex Liddle was at the helm in 1978; in 1982 Cathy Pitts took a stab at it and in 1984 Vance Vandermark had his turn. The chain closed its doors in Cornwall in 1985. In the photo above, across the street from the Red Barn is Zappia’s.
After the Red Barn closed, Dansk Factory Outlet opened for a time; here is one of their newspaper ads from 1978.

Dansk was followed by Frank Vetere’s Pizzeria from 1980 until 1985.

Moviola Cafe arrived in 1986 and closed in 1995 when it lost its liquor licence for not paying $180,000 in outstanding retails sales taxes.

Moviola Cafe_ad_1988-09-02Several months later the facility was destroyed by fire to be replaced by the short-lived Nickles.

 

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