Dusty’s Restaurant, the diner that has been a mainstay on Parc Avenue in Montreal since 1949, was the victim on a raging fire on the evening of Sunday, January 15.
Dusty’s served up affordable, good honest breakfast and brunch food to neighbourhood folk and out-of-towners who appreciated the nostalgic vibe of the diner. While nothing on the menu was earth-shattering, people returned for the mishmash omelette (kosher salami and frankfurters, green peppers, onions), the ‘bagel burger’ (St-Viateur bagel, cream cheese, smoked salmon, onion, tomato), Big D (4 eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, 2 pancakes, potatoes, baked beans, toast, coffee), cheese blintzes, and Challah-bread french toast or pancakes (served with a mountain of fresh fruit).
For me, the loss is more personal; I was a waitress (also orange-juice squeezer/fruit arranger/barista/cashier) there for almost 2 years. In keeping with the decor – and this was not a rule or anything – most of the waitresses would wear vintage dresses, and we’d play oldies on the sound-system (anything from Hank Williams, to Nina Simone, Simon & Garfunkel, the Zombies…).
I don’t know what will happen to the building, if Dusty’s or another restaurant will reopen, but I know that the Dusty’s I know, along with it’s history, has been reduced to ash. It is, sadly, the end of an era.
Click here for more information about the fire and to see the CTV news report (where you might just catch a glimpse of me…)
Have any of you ever eaten there before?