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'A new flavour is coming to town': Former Kits pub becoming Persian restaurant

A new spot for kababs (and more) is coming to Kitsilano
Suren is a Persian restaurant in Burnaby with plans to open a second location in Kitsilano.

The empty Castaway Bar and Grill space in Kitsilano won't be empty much longer.

Suren Café Restaurant has been issued a business license for the location and the Burnaby-based Persian spot has promised something new is coming to the Vancouver neighbourhood.

"Eyes on Kitsilano, a new flavour is coming to town!" they state on Instagram.

The original Suren hasn't been around that long; it opened in the spring of 2022.

The menu offers classic dishes, like dolma or tahchin (crispy saffron rice), along with a wide variety of kababs, including koobideh, barg, and torsh (meat marinated in a paste of pomegranate and walnuts). There are also a few different stews and rice dishes. 

Before 3293 W 4th Ave. was Castaway it had been several other concepts: The Blenheim, Displace, Nevermind, Fogg, N' Suds, and Steer and Stein.

Castaway shuttered near the end of 2023 after four years. Operators did not announce its closure.

No opening date has been set for Suren's new Vancouver restaurant location.

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