Home-cooked food
with a warm welcome.

Our story

We've been Making
Delicious Food Since 1932

Russell Williams Family Restaurant originally opened in Hamilton in 1932 by Russell Williams, who owned the Bright Spot restaurant chain. The Aldershot location is the last and only one still open. It is believed to have opened sometime in the 1950s. Russell Williams passed the restaurant on to his daughter, Mona, in 1976. Russell Williams family eventually sold the business during the early 1980s.

Ownership changes haven't deterred customers. Some have been walking through the restaurant's front door since Pierre Trudeau was prime minister or even just a cabinet minister.

Russell Williams is like family

Everyone has fond memories of a mom-and-pop restaurant from their childhood. The kind of place where the pancakes are stacked high, the fries are plentiful and the coffee flows freely. Maybe that's why Russell Williams Family Restaurant is so popular. Owners Chris and Mary Plessas offer the same home-cooked food and warm welcome today that brought in the first customers over 75 years ago. 


"I come because of the waitresses, you don't even have to place your order. They just ask you if it'll be your usual order...They make you feel at home. It's always more than you can eat.".

Frank Howarth

Long time customer

"It's like family here, it really is. At this place, you can't go wrong, it's always good. If you want a good, old-fashioned hamburger, come here."

Steve Soepboer

40-year customer

"The best Breakfast in town without a doubt!!!"

Dott McArthur


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