Rockin' Johnny's Diner
|Restaurant chain, franchiser|
|Headquarters||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
The company was founded in Ottawa, Ontario by brothers Enzo and Jack Mastromattei who envisioned a chain of family restaurants which would capture the essence of the stereotypical Canadian/American mid-century diner, e.g., homemade food, period-themed music and decor, etc.
The first Rockin' Johnny's Diner opened in Ottawa's Westgate Shopping Centre in June 1991. A second was opened in the Hazeldean Mall in Kanata the following year. 1997 saw the opening of the first franchise in Ottawa's Brittania area.
By 2002, seven Rockin' Johnny's locations were listed on the company's official website. Two of these were closed in 2003, and a third location in the Hazeldean Mall was relocated to Hazeldean Road the following year. The song "Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley played on the splash screen of Rockin' Johnny's Diner. In the late 2000s, the Orleans restaurant was closed. The Britannia Plaza location closed in 2009 due to an arson of the plaza with no connection to Rockin' Johnny's Diner. Rockin' Johnny's finished the decade with only three stores remaining.
2010s: further closings
Rockin' Johnny's closed its St. Laurent Boulevard location in 2012.
At its peak, Rockin' Johnny's had seven locations in Ottawa. Only two remain open today, one of them being a relocated restaurant:
- Britannia Plaza (closed 2009; arson)
- Hazeldean Mall (closed 2003; relocated on Hazeldean Road in 2004)
- Herongate Mall (closed 2003; vacated 2012)
- Orleans (closed late 2000s; on Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard)
- St. Laurent Boulevard (closed 2012; near St. Laurent Shopping Centre)
- Towngate (closed 2003; near South Keys)
- http://www.rockinjohnnysdiner.com/ Rockin' Johnny's Diner home page
- "Our Locations". Rockin' Johnny's Diner. 2002-01-09. Archived from the original on 2002-01-09. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
- "Our Locations". Rockin' Johnny's Diner. 2003-04-23. Archived from the original on 2003-04-23. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
- ""Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley". Rockin' Johnny's Diner. 2004-12-13. Archived from the original on 2004-12-13. Retrieved 2012-06-07.