Jules Café

For the past year our staff have been enjoying lunch at a special café close to Nikkei Place. If you haven’t yet visited Jules Café it is well worth the visit. I had a chance to sit down with Julia Tanaka today and ask her about her café.

Hi, Julia – Can you tell me where your family is from?
I was born and raised in Vancouver. My parents were also born in Vancouver but grew up in Japan during the war.  They moved back to Canada in the 1950s.

How long have you spent in the food industry?
I have spent more than twenty years working in the food service industry in health care and senior living homes before opening the café.

Why did you leave the health care industry?
Opening and owning my own café has always been a dream that I wanted to achieve before retirement.  In 2012, the dream came true.

Can you tell us about your restaurant concept?
The menu concept was to provide affordable meals which were made fresh and to order with a semi-self service environment in an open kitchen concept.

I notice you have a lot of Japanese immigrant people employed here. In fact, your place kind of reminds me of Nikkei Place. Why is that?
Chef Kaz (Kazuki) has been helpful in filling some of the jobs for café by advertising on the JP Canada website. It has added an exciting and interesting interaction of cultures with someone like myself who is a third generation Japanese Canadian and some of the staff who are recent immigrants from Japan.  The diversity of cultures has been quite a positive learning experience for us all.

With your prices so affordable, how can you have so many staff on hand?
People have mentioned that we seem to have a lot of staff, but I have been very fortunate that many of my good friends and family volunteer their time to help out at the café whenever needed.  I’ve always said that it doesn’t feel like work when you really enjoy the people you’re with and doing what enjoy doing.

Is there anything you would like to add?
We hope to continue with our personal growth and provide continued service to our customers and local community.

Located at Royal Oak and Rumble, Jules Café gives you are real diner experience with prices that are from the 1980s. The food is great, the prices are low and they really make you feel at home here.

Jules Café
5205 Rumble Street, Burnaby, BC V5J 2B7
Tel: 604.430.0340. email: [email protected]


旧年中、私たちスタッフは日系プレースのすぐ近くにある、ちょっといいカフェでランチを楽しみました。その名はJules Café。もしまだ行ったことがなければ、ぜひお試しください。今回はジュリア・タナカさんを訪ねて、カフェのお話を伺いました。






























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