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This Burnaby restaurant hasn't even opened yet and it's already got the coolest lounge

North Burnaby doesn't have many bars or lounges so this will be welcomed.
Looking for a new place for a beer or cocktail? Try R+D Kitchen in the Amazing Brentwood Mall.

Burnaby’s Amazing Brentwood mall will be the site for a new restaurant concept that is also a hip lounge.

It hasn’t even opened yet and it’s already clear it will be one of the coolest spots in the city. The first images of the place show a hip design concept that make it a place for people to just hang out.

At R+D Kitchen by White Spot, a brand-new concept, guests will be the first to enjoy “new and innovative” menu items direct from White Spot’s Culinary Centre in a space connected to the Tables food court.

It will be the only full-service restaurant in Tables, and will include a bar and lounge with 134 seats and 3,800 square feet of space. R+D will also feature the Kitchen Window, to serve shoppers stopping by for a quick and casual take-out bite. R+D Kitchen will join Tap & Barrel, Cineplex's Rec Room and VIP theatre, and Earls in offering bar/lounge spaces. 

At R+D Kitchen, guests can dig into their favourite White Spot classics as well as a rotating roster of exciting new dishes created by James Kennedy CCC, Executive Chef and the Culinary Team for possible inclusion on a White Spot core or promotional menu. While never being limited by what has already been done, the carefully curated “test” dishes will explore contemporary elements, components, and flavours, and always include delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, said a news release. Before making it onto the R+D menu, all new dishes will be fully vetted by White Spot’s internal tasting panels.

"At R+D Kitchen we'll be exploring even more flavours, curating unique recipes, and incorporating fresh, local ingredients into a widely-appealing menu," said Kennedy. "I'm super excited about this new adventure."

Designed by Joy Roque, Head of Design and Construction for White Spot, R+D Kitchen brings influences of B.C.’s backyard indoors with warm wood, stone, and millwork design elements, as well as through its expansive windows.

The beverage menu will feature a selection of local craft beer, local cider and B.C. wines carefully selected by the creative and inventive bar team, as well as a selection of handcrafted, seasonally-inspired cocktails and zero-proof libations using fresh ingredients. Rotating taps and Happy Hour specials will also be on offer.