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Legendary restaurant chain closes its high-profile Burnaby test kitchen concept

The slightly more upscale 'research and development' branch of a family favourite has closed after two years
White Spot's R+D Kitchen restaurant in Burnaby at the Amazing Brentwood opened in May 2022. It's last day of operation was April 28, 2024.

Burnaby's Amazing Brentwood's restaurant options have steadily increased in recent months, however, the massive development has a fresh vacancy, as the White Spot's experimental R+D Kitchen concept has closed its doors after two years.

Launched in spring 2022, R+D Kitchen was positioned as a slightly more upscale and gently experimental branch of the legendary Vancouver-based family restaurant chain. 

Not wholly a test kitchen (White Spot has an in-house test kitchen at its headquarters and a rigorous process for developing and implementing menu changes at its multiple locations across B.C. and Alberta), the R+D location was a way for the beloved brand to branch out into slightly more upscale fare, melding invention with comfort.

Building on the White Spot backbone, R+D offered dialled-up options of upscale-casual favourites like salads, bowls, and burgers. At R+D, ingredients like Wagyu beef, mustard onion confit, and black truffle cheese took the menu in a more contemporary direction. Though kids' meals were available, they didn't come in White Spot's cherished cardboard Pirate Paks, for example.

R+D Kitchen was located in the "Tables" Food Court part of Amazing Brentwood, which is part of what remains of the old Brentwood mall building. 

Elsewhere at Amazing Brentwood, several major restaurants have made their debut since R+D Kitchen opened its doors in 2022, most recently the sprawling Tap & Barrel, as well as sushi hand roll bar Hello Nori, Earls, OEB, and La Taqueria

Rumours of R+D Kitchen's impending closure circulated in the community and online earlier this spring. Signs posted at the restaurant announcing the last day of business as April 28 appeared about a week prior. 

The R+D Kitchen Instagram account has been converted to private, though the business' website is still active and it is still listed on the Amazing Brentwood directory as of midday April 29.

An employee indicated by phone Monday afternoon that the restaurant was closed for business and the nearest Burnaby White Spot locations can be found at 4129 Lougheed Hwy (Gilmore) and 6500 Hastings St (Kensington). 

V.I.A. has reached out to White Spot and the Amazing Brentwood for further comment regarding the closure. 

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