Twin Pine Diner and Harley’s team up in same location

Karen Wasicuna, centre left, and Robin Wasicuna, centre right, accept their customer service award
Twin Pine Diner's Karen Wasicuna, centre left, and Robin Wasicuna, centre right, accept a customer service award in 2018. Angela Gzowski/YK Chamber of Commerce

Yellowknife’s Twin Pine Diner will move to join up with Harley’s Hardrock Saloon inside the former Lenny Burger.

Twin Pine Diner, currently housed within the Arnica Inn complex on Franklin Avenue, announced the move on Thursday.

Harley’s confirmed the partnership to Cabin Radio. Twin Pine Diner will operate a family-friendly diner on one side of the building, with the Harley’s bar and club on the other.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that we are partnering with Harley’s in their new venture and location,” Twin Pine Diner – operated by Robin and Karen Wasicuna – wrote on its Facebook page.



“We are very honoured to be a part of this new venture and pretty stoked to show you what we’ve been working on.

“An official opening date is yet to be determined so stay tuned for details.”

Harley’s told Cabin Radio the club’s tentative opening date in its new location – December 1 – remains in place for now, but is subject to change.

Wednesday, November 28 will be the club’s final night in its current premises on the corner of Franklin Avenue and 51st Street.



Uncertain times

The Lenny Burger building, on 48th Street, has been vacant since the burger operation closed down in the summer of 2017. It previously housed a KFC franchise.

The partnership between Twin Pine Diner and Harley’s comes at what appears to be an increasingly uncertain time for some Yellowknife restaurants and cafés.

Twist and Shout, which is for sale, closed permanently last week with no firm offers for the premises yet received.

The Kilt and Castle Pub has temporarily closed its doors, telling customers a major flood had caused extensive damage. The bar posted online that it hopes to reopen in several weeks’ time.

Citing the demands of “constant growth in business” and a lack of staff, Main Street Pizza shortened its opening hours earlier this month and recently closed for three days “due to unforeseen circumstances.”