It closed in December, 1986, with a free buffet for 300 just prior to the demolition of the property, a landmark since the 1950s at 800 Queenston Road, across from what is now Eastgate Square.
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When the restaurant opened in 1957, a coffee and piece of homemade pie cost 49 cents.
For migrating Americans who used southern Ontario as a short cut, “Gulliver’s was a handy resting stop, as it was for weary tourists, travelling salesmen and nervous newlyweds,” reporter Brian Christmas wrote in a Spec feature in December, 1986.
Gulliver’s travels was known for its old-fashioned lunch counter, original stainless steel pie case and sweeping picture windows. Ian Fraser and his wife Mary bought the 2.4-hectare (six acre) spread as an eight-unit country motel and cabins from Roy Gulliver – ending up with the bustling restaurant and 85 rooms.
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