Storytelling with a purpose

Lunch at the Rideau


Lunch at the Rideau captures a moment in time in the life of Ottawa’s beloved Rideau Bakery lunch counter. Opened in 1965, its simple offerings of kosher soups and sandwiches fuelled the bodies and souls of customers for decades, building community along the way, but now forever gone.

I think lunch counters are kind of disappearing with the advent of coffeehouses, and I think that's sad. But I really think that you lose something from a social point of view, a contact.” David Kardish

“... coming here for me and sitting in the Rideau Bakery and eating the salmon sandwich and chatting with Gloria and being around the people from the community, I'm kind of seeking that connection in a strange kind of way, or not so strange with my mom.” Brenda Firestone

Film Review

“The personal accounts of the regular customers added a deeply emotional layer to the film, making me feel like I want to be a part of that camaraderie and conversation.”

Siddhi Shukal, film613 review of Lunch at the Rideau

Additional Information


Media Kit


A Kublacom Pictures Documentary                                               


     Jane Gurr and Kent Newson


     Jane Gurr & Noha Fuad


     Ed Kucerak      


     Kent Newson


     Kent Newson and Noha Fuad



     Lemon Jelly

     Kent Newson

Archival Photos

      The Firestone family

      The Kardish family

Special Thanks

      The Kardish family

      The staff and customers of the  

      Rideau Bakery

      Catherine Fortin

      Celeste Mackenzie

      Paul McKenna

     Joan Savage

     David Stambrook

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