You will recognize the address as what was formerly The Foundation, but you won’t recognize the room–except if you knew and loved the old Rumpus Room a little further south on Main Street. Basically it looks like the grooviest throwback funkified basement, wood paneling and all.
Kitschy curtains hang on the windows, there are cozy couches, a small bar, amber pendant lights, and tons of board games and other collectables scattered throughout.
It’s a small room, and fills up fast, especially since to get things going, Rumpus Room has been running just from noon to 8 pm daily as a quiet soft launch phase to get their all-new staff fully trained. Eventually, co-owner Rachel Zottenberg tells Vancouver Is Awesome, they will start to expand the opening and closing hours as well as work in brunch service.
What’s so terrific about a spot like Rumpus Room is that it is relaxed and playful enough to work as a spot to take kids or to meet up with friends or for a date.
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There are novelty soda pops to enjoy on their own, or souped up with some booze for the grown ups. You can customize your Caesar with the sprit of your choice (highly recommend going for the gin), or get really naughty with their Long Island Iced Tea.
When it comes to the food, there’s stuff for everyone on the menu, though it definitely skews to the deep fried zone, but boy oh boy do they do it well. The Rumpus Room has really mastered the simple art of the corn dog, and their fried pickles are a dilly of a delight–definitely the best in town. The Peanut Butter Burger is back, though this time it’s got a fruity punch with a raspberry-based sauce–a nice balance to the bacon and, yep, PB.
Of course there are chicken and waffles, and an ooey, gooey broccoli mac and cheese–served in a skillet with a biscuit on the side. For a twist on your usual side of fries go for the Sesame fries for a fusion twist. And while the burger menu is pretty stacked, vegetarians will rejoice that there’s a veggie chili and a veggie burger to chow down on.
Although Vancouver takes itself pretty seriously when it comes to fresh veggies and upscale eats, there’s definitely room at the table for a spot that is all about good times with friends and family, a laid back space, and seriously good comfort food. Welcome back, Rumpus Room!
The Rumpus Room is located at 2301 Main Street in Mount Pleasant. During soft launch, they’re open daily from noon to 8 pm. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with their opening and hours.