Easter weekend will usher in something new that hasn’t happened in Burnaby for two decades.
Earls will open its doors to its new Station Square location at 6070 Silver Drive in Burnaby on April 20.
It will be the first new location to open in Burnaby in 20 years and the second new Earls to open in B.C. since 2010. Last year, Earls Ambleside Beach launched at 1375 Bellevue Avenue in West Vancouver in May.
It will also be the first venue to open on Restaurant Row, a retail and dining district near Metrotown shopping centre. The new location will replace the Earls at 4361 Kingsway Avenue, which is closing.
Earls Station Square will seat up to 287 guests, which include 88 patrons that can be seated on an elevated seasonal patio.
As part of a shift towards individualizing each restaurant, this location will feature geometrics and black metal work accented with strong colours, indoor plants, and modern art.
Artwork will include a vintage photograph by Vancouver photographer Fred Herzog, a commissioned mural by Burnaby artist Priscilla Yu, and a curated gallery wall, in collaboration with the Burnaby Arts Council, that will showcase paintings and prints by local artists.
The menu will feature dishes by chef David Wong and the Earls Chef Collective. Selections that will be unique to this location will be a spicy Thai lobster salad, lobster tostada, and blackberry peach cobbler.
In October 2018, Earls launched its vegan menu at all of its locations. Among its six plant-based items is the vegan Beyond Burger 2.0, served on a vegan and gluten-free bun, with vegan mayo as well as lettuce, onion, tomato, and mustard.
Drinks include a cocktail list by head bartender Cameron Bogue and a local and international wine and beer list by in-house sommelier David Stansfield.
Earls began with its first restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1982. It has since expanded to 56 locations in Canada and 10 in the U.S.