February 4, 2016 2:42 pm
Updated: February 4, 2016 8:47 pm

B’s Diner in Old Strathcona to close doors after 14 years

B's Diner, located at 100 Street and 82 Avenue in Edmonton.

Lisa Wolansky, Global News

EDMONTON — A popular Old Strathcona diner which has been serving the community for 14 years will shut its doors for good at the end of the month.

B’s Diner owner Brenda Der took to the diner’s website Wednesday to announce the closure is due to an increase in rent.

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“(The increase) is just too high for current economic conditions for me to justify going forward with another lease,” Der wrote, saying she had tears rolling down her face as she was writing. “It’s not the landlord’s fault or anything. It’s just the way it is right now due to the economic times we’re facing and the situation with groceries going up and what not.

“I would like to thank all of my loyal customers over the years who have become part of my life and I will not forget any of you, but I will certainly miss all of you.”

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While the diner space will close at the end of February, Der said it’s not the end for the diner. Der will continue to cater functions and serve dinners while she searches for a new home for the diner.

“I took over the Diner as a sole proprietor, and started to make it on my own with a few loyal friends about a year ago. We were looking forward to a new menu launch and many future catering opportunities,” Der said.

“If anyone has a commercial kitchen that I can use please let me know.”

Der said she will also continue to serve the diner’s annual Christmas dinner, which nearly didn’t happen last year due to a lack of donations. Edmontonians stepped up in December after B’s put out a call for food donations, worried they would have to cancel the annual dinner for those in need of a hot meal.

READ MORE: Edmontonians ensure B’s Diner Christmas tradition continues

B’s Diner will serve its last meal on Feb. 21. For more information, visit the diner’s website.

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