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The owner of the Thunderbird Diner, Vernon Kynock, was born in Hammonds Plains in 1945 and has lived and worked here his entire life. In the 1950s, Vernon began his career working alongside his father, Wylie Kynock, in the family’s three grocery stores. Vernon’s father was also a butcher and a cook and his grandfather a farmer who raised chickens, pigs and cattle, and always had bountiful vegetable gardens – hence Vernon’s lifelong interest in food.
Alongside the grocery business and farming, Vernon also operated the Hammonds Plains Irving Station and the Hammonds Plains Service Center. In 2018, Vernon will celebrate 50 years of his trucking and excavation company, Kynock Resources Ltd.
Vernon has seen many good changes within the community; he grew with the community and local residents always supported his endeavours. Vernon never left Hammonds Plains – he didn’t have to – he has experienced success right here!
Vernon’s Thunderbird Diner is a business venture conceived by Vernon in 2007 with help from Randy Jones, the diner’s project manager. The diner is a way for Vernon to have fun, meet people in his golden years and for there to be a meeting place for people to enjoy amazing and healthy food. It is also a way for Vernon to share his love and enthusiasm for antique cars.
Ingredients and services are sourced locally as much as possible and the diner’s menu features seasonal specialties. Vernon is also inspired by old community recipes that the diner will delight in preparing and promoting.
May your dining experience at Vernon’s Thunderbird Diner always be enjoyable.
Vernon hopes to welcome old friends and to make lots of new ones.
And remember: If you are satisfied, please tell others;
if not, please tell us!