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Sir Isaac's Restaurant and Mister Gabe's Pub

576 Main Street, Montague, Prince Edward Island, C0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2008/02/07

Showing front elevation; Province of PEI, 2007
Showing front elevation
Showing 1921 date on facade; Province of PEI, 2007
Showing 1921 date on facade
Showing streetscape, c. 1940s; Garden of the Gulf Museum
Showing streetscape, c. 1940s

Other Name(s)

Sir Isaac's Restaurant and Mister Gabe's Pub
Former Bank of Nova Scotia

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/02/22

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Sir Isaac's Restaurant and Mr. Gabe's Pub is a two storey brick building originally built in 1921 as a branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia. Its commercial style architecture features a symmetrical facade with two large storefront windows and a central entrance. Decorative arched brickwork with keystones are above these windows. The 1921 date of construction is noted on a medallion above the entrance. The building is a landmark on Main Street.

Heritage Value

The building is valued for its commercial architectural style; for its association with the economic and social history of Montague; and for its contribution to the streetscape.

In 1920, the Bank of Nova Scotia purchased this property on Main Street from Captain John T. Dewar. They demolished part of an existing building to construct this new branch of their bank. It was completed in 1921 and would remain associated with the bank until August 16, 1973, when they vacated the building and constructed a new one on the north side of the bridge.

The new owner of the building became Gerald MacDougall, who operated a popular diner, "MacDougall's Diner" for many years. He later sold it to his sister Audrey, who continued the business until 2001. It was then sold to new owners who also operated a restaurant until 2009. They named it "Doc Johnston's" after Dr. Lewis Johnston (1901-1988) a dentist who had his office on the second floor of the building for over forty seven years.

In 2009, the current owners opened a new establishment called Sir Isaac's Restaurant and Mister Gabe's Pub.

The commercial style of the building is evident in its large rectangular windows facing the street, the solid brick construction, and the medallion above the entrance indicating the date of construction.

It remains a popular attraction on Main Street in Montague and is an asset to the streetscape.

Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/M12

Character-Defining Elements

The following character-defining elements illustrate the heritage value of the building:

- the overall square configuration of the building
- the brick construction
- the flat roof with slightly raised parapet facing the street
- the symmetrical facade
- the large storefront windows on the first floor and smaller rectangular windows on the second floor
- the decorative arched brickwork with keystones above the windows and entrance of the facade
- the 1921 date medallion
- the location of the building on Main Street at the foot of the Wood Island Hill



Prince Edward Island

Recognition Authority

Province of Prince Edward Island

Recognition Statute

Heritage Places Protection Act

Recognition Type

Registered Historic Place

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Eating or Drinking Establishment


Commerce / Commercial Services
Bank or Stock Exchange

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8 File #: 4310-20/M12

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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