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Twin Pine Diner’s Wasicuna cuts ties with Harley’s

A view of the new Harley's building in downtown Yellowknife on April 11, 2019
A view of the new Harley's building in downtown Yellowknife on April 11, 2019. Karine Beaulieu/Cabin Radio

A leading Yellowknife chef publicly cut ties with nightclub Harley’s in a message posted to Facebook, just months after partnering up.

Chef Robin Wasicuna, best-known for his Twin Pine Diner restaurant on Franklin Avenue at the gateway to Old Town, teamed up with Harley’s at the start of the year.

However, on Thursday, Wasicuna’s Twin Pine Diner page announced the enterprise was “no longer affiliated with Harley’s in any way, shape or form.”

No reason for the split was given. In its post, the diner said of Harley’s: “We wish them all the best on their venture and the future.”



What this means for the Twin Pine Diner restaurant itself – where operations had been winding down as Wasicuna transitioned to Harley’s – is unclear.

Diner staff, replying to residents online, said more information would follow.

Wasicuna had joined Harley’s to provide a diner service within the building, which also houses exotic dancers and music nights.

He could not be reached by telephone on Thursday afternoon.



A representative for Harley’s declined to comment when Cabin Radio visited the bar.

Harley’s, which calls itself “Canada’s northernmost strip club,” moved from its old Franklin Avenue location to the former Lenny Burger and KFC building, two blocks away, at the end of 2018.

Since then, the club has experimented with initiatives such as a ladies’ night and “amateur night” in a bid to draw crowds.

However, Cabin Radio understands the bar has experienced recent financial difficulty.

With files from Karine Beaulieu