Diner vacates Commercial Street cuisine scene

NANAIMO – Popular downtown diner closes after 10 years in operation.

Tina’s Diner closed last week after more than 10 years as downtown breakfast hotspot.

Paul Abgall and Tina Worsley moved the restaraunt’s equipment out of premises at 187 Commercial St. on Feb. 23.

A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page said it was a long series of events, including the sale of the building, owned by Robert and Angie Bernard, former owners of the Painted Turtle Guesthouse, that led to the business finally closing.

Robert Bernard confirmed the building is for sale, but has so far not been sold and existing tenants, which include Generations Barbershop, Georgia Strait Alliance and Black Key Studios have leases that continue for the next two years. Discussing any future for the building would be speculation at this point, he said.

“We are looking to sell,” Bernard said. “It might be selling fairly soon, but the documents haven’t been signed yet.”

The Bernards have owned the building since 2009.

Tina’s Diner was the latest of a series of diners, including Roxy’s Diner and Flo’s Diner, that have operated from 187 Commercial St. over several decades.