Diner Deluxe staff are getting some training before the restaurant’s opening. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

New restaurant set to open across Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Diner Deluxe has had some setbacks, including a pandemic, but they’re ready to welcome guests

Kelowna restaurants and businesses are re-opening as the province eases restrictions, and some are just about to open.

Diner Deluxe in Lakeshore will open its doors on June 2. But for now, the days are full of staff training and finishing touches in the restaurant.

Executive chef and general manager Robert Jewell said it’s been quite an adventure to open the restaurant.

“We’ve had a few instances with this building. There was a fire last year, so that delayed our opening. Then early this year, COVID-19 hit and again delayed us,” he said.

“It left a lot of uncertainty if we could get the project finished on time, how delayed the project was going to be into the summer or if we were going to open during a Kelowna winter, which we didn’t want to do.”

Jewell said they’re able to open now as the province gave them the green light to do so. He added that things may be calm in Kelowna, but the situation is still fluid and provincial guidelines are still changing.

“We’ve been fortunate here that we flattened the curve quickly… so it felt safe (to open). And judging by the reopening of some of the restaurants around us and places downtown, everybody’s feeling pretty comfortable to want to get out.”

“We’re not rushing to get open to gain all this clientele right away. We’re going to take our time and still pace it out and make sure we’re ready not only for our employees to feel safe, but our guests as well,” he added.

To keep staff and guests safe, Jewell said they’ll only be serving around 30 guests to allow physical distancing. They’ve also put markers at the front of the restaurant to space people out as they line up to get in. He said staff already know to disinfect high touch points regularly, including card machines, doors, tables, and chairs.

For more information on Diner Deluxe’s offerings, visit their website.

READ: Playgrounds to reopen across the Okanagan on June 1

READ: Restaurants to reopen in Kelowna


Twila Amato
Video journalist, Black Press Okanagan
Email me at twila.amato@blackpress.ca
Follow me on Twitter

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

No new COVID-19 cases in Kelowna over the weekend

Kelowna has nine of the Interior Health region’s 13 active cases

West Kelowna woman upset with RCMP response to street brawl

A physical altercation between a group of teens and a group of adults erupted on a West Kelowna street Sunday evening

UPDATE: Missing Kelowna teen located

Police are still looking to speak with the unidentified man she was spotted with

Kelowna real estate agent fined $6,500 for ‘misleading’ website

The website listed several services its owner was not licensed to provide

Water restriction for Hall Road in Kelowna eased to Stage 2

Properties under Stage 2 will receive a letter informing them of the change

B.C. records 30-50 new COVID-19 cases a day over weekend, no new deaths

Many of those testing positive were identified by contact tracing for being linked to other confirmed infections

Five B.C. First Nations call out Canada for ‘discriminatory’ food fish practices

West Coast nations say government ignoring court-won right to chinook and coho

Rent-relief program becomes new front in fight between Liberals, opposition

Opposition trying to draw parallels between decision to have Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. run program and the WE controversy

Ottawa sets minimum unemployment rate at 13.1% for EI calculation

Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate was 10.9 per cent in July

$45K in donations received after couple’s sudden death in Tulameen

Sarah MacDermid, 31, and Casey Bussiere, 37, died August long weekend

UFO trackers set their sights on Revelstoke skies

Rob Freeman UFO World Explorer and crew went up Sale Mountain

Former Summerlander receives Emmy nomination for makeup work

Lucky Bromhead recognized for her work with Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek

Famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer brings movements of joy to Long Beach

Internet-famous dancer is exploring Vancouver Island, visiting the B.C. Legislature and more

Most Read