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. 'As long as nothing changes' Nowadays, there are weekly specials and occasionally a new menu or dessert item, said Mary, speaking amid the pleasant hum of conversation during a recent breakfast period, she said there aren’t too many updates, there’s a bit of an uproar if everything changes too much, as long as nothing changes, everyone is happy”. Comfort food, friendly staff and consistency have helped the 75-seat restaurant stay popular for decades. A front patio to serve the breakfast crowd during warmer months, black upholstered lounge tables and a back area for regular dining and banquests were added during the past decade or two. The restaurant has a loyal following, which is confirmed by the many Burlington Post Reader’s Choice awards posted around the restaurant. 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.