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Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and Now

Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and NowLooking east from Dundas across Lansdowne in 1917. The building on the S/E corner is a bank.
For years afterwards it was the Dunlan restaurant and had a wonderful 1940’s stainless counter and several small booths. Scenes from David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch were shot there in 1991.
Below some screen grabs from Naked Lunch. At first it was used  a New York Diner and then later re-dressed as a Moroccan Coffee house.
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Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and Now
Now it’s Yummy Pizza!
Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and Now
A couple of shots inside the long gone Dunlan Diner courtesy of mistagregory.
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Good times!
Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and Now“Freshen’ your drink hon?”
Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and NowA couple of recent photos while under renovation.
Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and Now
It appears that it was a music academy before a restaurant.
These last two photos are by printwithfire.
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Here’s another shot looking south on Lansdowne with the Dunlan in the B/G. The grey building on the left was a Hotel.
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4 responses

  1. In the grunge-era ’90s, there was a rite of passage for folks new to the neighbourhood to eat at the Dunlan Diner, because it was so “quaint.” The old couple who ran the joint, however, were long past their prime as diner operators, and the food ranged from barely passable to a health department infraction. The wife was more interested in running the place as a sort of thrift shop than an eatery, or so it seemed from the junk that began to fill the counters and booths.

    March 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

  2. You’re right!. When we filmed Naked Lunch there for a couple of days, the owners asked if they could keep all the food we had brought in (as props). I think they served it to their (few) customers. I had asked the owner (the son) to sell me the interior when the building was sold, but he didn’t get back to me…..

    March 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm

  3. Much of the interior was still in place for the first new business that took over the space, but it didn’t survive them, and most of it disappeared by the time the pizza place currently occupying the corner opened.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm

  4. KKW

    In 1985 I had my tea leaves read by the old lady at the Dunlan Diner. I will never forget her face. Thank you for posting.

    July 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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