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This beloved Metro Vancouver retro diner made a miraculous comeback after closing

An old favourite returns.
The Round Up is located in a heritage building, constructed for commercial use in 1949, and featuring a neon sign.

Surrey's Round Up Café on King George was a beloved family-owned spot with a quirky 50s-style diner interior and specializing in hearty Canadian and Ukrainian fare.

So when the popular spot announced it was closing doors for good last year, many people were heartbroken.

In what feels like a never-ending chain of closures, news of this restaurant's triumphant return is just what we needed to hear, even if it isn't necessarily permanent.

The Round Up Café has reopened part-time in partnership with UNITI, which is a non-profit comprised of three different charity organizations: Semiahmoo House Society, Peninsula Estates Housing Society, and The Semiahmoo Foundation. The team has opened a cooking school inside the cafe to create jobs in the food and hospitality industry. They hosted a job fair earlier this month.

They introduced a brunch service on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. back in May and have since added a Thursday service. There are rumours they will stay open into September, however, the details are unclear so it's better to visit while you can. 

In the diner's glory days popular dishes included breakfast combo plates and omelettes, a "Bases Loaded" burger, and classic diner grub like a reuben or club sandwich, with plenty of Ukrainian items like pierogies and cabbage rolls.

The Round Up was bought in 1959 by Orest and Goldie Springenatic. Though Orest passed away in the 1990s, and Goldie stepped back from operations, the diner was run by daughter Colette and son Dennis when it closed in April 2021.

Read more about The Round Up's history.

With files from Lindsay William-Ross