Lunch at the Rideau . . . Bakery

Jane Gurr

Kublacom Pictures is delighted to announce the premiere of Lunch at the Rideau, a documentary film that takes a nostalgic look back at the Rideau Bakery lunch counter. The screening is at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, at the ByTowne Cinema, on the first night of the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival. The film is 25 minutes long and will be the first of a series of nine short films to be presented that evening.

The Rideau Bakery lunch counter was a special spot, much loved by many in our community. Over twenty years ago, colleagues and I were filming for Lunch at the Rideau and learned about the incredible story of the Rideau Bakery and the Kardish family. Our research sparked the much larger documentary project that became our focus —One of the Last —that had its debut in 2007 to a sold-out auditorium at the National Archives. One of the Last was a popular documentary on OMNI Television, with repeated broadcasts over a ten-year period.

Earlier this year, we dusted off the footage we had collected about the lunch counter and brought the story up to date, sadly, to the closure of the Rideau Bakery.  Lunch at the Rideau is a wonderful opportunity to remember and celebrate the Rideau Bakery!

Tickets can be purchased at:, and, when the November schedule is posted, via the ByTowne Cinema website: