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Reubin's Diner in Kamloops closes doors; new owners work on restaurant revamp

Reubin's Diner on the North Shore in Kamloops has shuttered, but will soon reopen as a new restaurant.
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September 11, 2019 - 4:15 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops diner known for its behemoth Reubinator sandwich will serve the city no longer.

Mike Ward, the owner of Reubin’s Diner, closed the North Shore restaurant just over a week ago, according to Jeremy Heighton, executive director of the North Shore Business Improvement Association.

“Mike chose to close about ten days ago. The owners of the Canco gas station will be opening a new restaurant in that space,” Heighton says.

Reubin’s Diner was famous for its hearty meals and the Reubinator challenge, which saw more than 150 people attempt to eat they meaty seven-pound sandwich. Some champion eaters couldn’t even stomach the meal, such as the Youtube star Randy Santel. In late June, only four of the 150 people who started the sandwich finished it within the allotted hour.

Some of the staff from Reubin’s Diner will continue to be employed at the same location, although it will be run under new ownership. Amber Vigue is one of the two former employees set to work at the new restaurant.

“We are going to be opening another restaurant here,” Vigue says. “The same kind of food, but we’re going to incorporate a couple of new dishes in it.”

Vigue says the new owners, who also own the nearby Canco gas station, are revamping the interior prior to re-opening.

“It’ll be definitely something new," Vigue says. "It's not going to be called Reubin’s. We've redecorated, we've painted in here, and it looks really awesome.”

Vigue looks forward to the opening of the new restaurant, which does not yet have a name.

“We’re hoping for next week, but we don't have an exact date yet,” Vigue says. “We’re still deciding on the final menu and everything.”

Although a similar style of food will remain, there will be one notable change. No more Rueben sandwiches will be sold at the new restaurant.

“We’re going to be bringing in a delicious chicken cordon blue sandwich, though,” Vigue says.

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