(Victoria Buzz)

This well-known diner chain is ready for blast-off out of BC’s capital, closing its only two locations on Vancouver Island.

Amid a labour shortage, those hoping for a Johnny Rockets burger or milkshake are out of luck after the chain recently closed both its downtown and Hillside locations in Victoria.

The two eateries, found along Fort Street at the Bay Centre and on Hillside Avenue within Hillside Shopping Mall, opened simultaneously in 2017, along with a third location in Vancouver.

But the doors are now locked and the grills are turned off for good, as a sign taped to the window of the downtown storefront reads, “Great leasing opportunity available.”

Founded in 1986, Los Angeles, California-based Johnny Rockets is distinguished for its 50s-style decor and boasts roughly 325 locations worldwide, including nine corporate units.

Victoria Buzz reached out to the company for more information regarding the local closures but has not yet heard back.

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