Sunny had immigrated from China to Canada in 1951 as a child. In his preteens, he started to work at a local restaurant in Fort Nelson, BC. His hardwork throughout the years lead him to become owner. He then married a beautiful girl from Hong Kong and started a family. Leaving BC, they rooted in North Battleford, Sk Sunny's Family Restaurant started in 1973 and built a reputable name with the locals for 7 years.
Focusing on the goals of Quality and Tradition, the company is family operated making each dish his own. There was an opportunity to build his own restaurant in Maidstone, Sk. and was established for 32 years.
Sunny's is a three generation of family members working together and through hardworking and dedication, Sunny's began building its brand around the idea of delicious homestyle generous meals.
“You could get a bacon n' eggs for less than 5 bucks back in the day, I went into Sunny's all the time. As soon as he saw you coming, he'd say ‘BNE’ he would already have your order in."
Every time you went into Sunny's, you'd see the same people, it was a friendly environment. At Sunny's there were people who spent 32 years at the tables.
Sunny thought is was time to retire in 2012 but he missed the enjoyment of cooking for his customers. Sunny and his two daughters, May and Jade reopened in Lloydminster, Ab 2013 as Sunny's Family Eatery. The family operated for another 6 years but thought it was time that Sunny embraced full retirement. SFE had closed for renovations to enhance the dining experience and bring back what Sunny had built so many years ago. Having rebranded to The Diner, a modern but yet nostalgic Sunny's. Offering a great dining experience with the same great meals with the added touch of creativity, time and care.
The Diner is a modern restaurant offering diner food and Sunny's great Chinese dishes. We use fresh quality products combined with the best ingredients to deliver unique and comforting food.
“Dad taught us the techniques and recipes of his food, but also the business side of operating a restaurant, the long hours, the constant battle to control costs, plus how to give great service. We didn't aspire to run a restaurant, but surely learned a love of good food."
Sunny's daughters, May and Jade operate the establishment with all the 60+ years of knowledge their dad has taught them, plus his oldest grandson by their side, a locally owned family restaurant.