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Vitamin D is on the menu

Patio dining is now a second option in Newton



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We’re all excited to hear the news about BC’s Restart Plan, and having indoor dining available again. For indoor dining, social distancing and maximum tables of six will apply.


The Newton neighbourhood has been missing their favourite haunts. Although take-out and delivery options have saved more than a few restaurants, the idea of returning and having fresh, hot and delicious food at the table has been missed. Quite a few Newton restaurants have done the ‘pivot’ to include patio dining, and it’s been a welcome choice for most of us.

Last month, the City of Surrey supported our local businesses to help recover from the COVID-19 impact by including outdoor dining.


Vitamin D is on all the menus if you choose the dining on the patio option.


WINGS, (7124 King George Blvd.) has a lot more than wings for you. Check out their $12 Pasta Tuesdays; NY steak specials on Friday and Saturday; and half price wings on Sunday. Patrons of Kelly’s Pub are excited for the return back. They miss the fantastic service and “at home feeling.” They have patio dining available as well; (7218 King George Blvd.).


Just a few steps from Kelly’s Pub, you’ll find Shawarma Palace’s patio and small indoor dining. Their donairs and shawarmas are full of richly seasoned meats; grilled and fresh veggies, and many vegetarian options. A family platter would be an excellent picnic idea. (7218 King George Blvd.).


Brewster’s Pub (7380 King George Blvd.) With their huge outdoor seating and patio area, you’ll be able to enjoy those crispy fries and daily features fresh off the grill again. They’ve been ready since day one, as their beautiful patio has been a staple favourite seating area for many Newton diners for years.


Espresso Cafe (1112-7330 137 St.) has been busy serving up delicious paninis and coffees since they completely redesigned and redecorated. And have had outdoor seating available for months. What hasn’t changed is the delightful coffee choices. Owners Pali and Pammi Gill are always looking for new ideas to keep the coffee culture vibe going. On hotter days, try their traditional mango lassi. It’s a yummy Indian drink made from mangos, yogurt and a few secret ingredients. It promises to authentically replenish your body after the summer heat leaves you feeling depleted.


Sushi Line (7380 King George Blvd.) has a few outdoor tables where you can enjoy some of their delicious Chef’s special rolls like the Vancouver Roll (tuna, crab, inari, lettuce with avocado & masago on top). Take an ice cold cooler with you and get a party tray to take to a lovely tree-covered picnic table at a local park as a family picnic option!


If you’ve ever been to Vietnam, you’ll know that outdoor dining street-side is a huge culture in all of the cities. It may be a little uncomfortable for North American standards to sit in those tiny seats and tables, so What the Pho (13655 72 Ave.) has a few Canadian-sized outdoor seating options available and beautiful indoor seating as well. Enjoy authentic, delicious beef, chicken and seafood pho, Bahn-mis, and appetizers (crispy spring rolls, rice rolls, and papaya salad).


Select Pizza (13635 72nd Ave.) has enough choices on their menu to satisfy almost anyone in the family, at prices reasonable enough that you can have the long-standing Canadian argument about pineapple on pizza, and let them have their “super Hawaiian style” and eat it too, while you enjoy your meat-lovers or vegetarian option—you be you. There aren’t any gluten-free pizzas, but a generous Greek salad and side of wings will fit that bill.


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Make a picnic basket from your locally sourced choices and hit a local park, like Unwin, Sullivan Park, or the over 50 parks available in the Newton area. It’s a perfect family event to celebrate getting back to normal again and welcoming summer just down the road.


As our local restaurants return and open their doors for indoor dining, it’s a great idea to phone ahead and make a reservation for the family. It’s more than likely that we’re all so excited to come back that we’ll be filling them up (meeting current standards, of course) very quickly.


Welcome back to all of the restaurants we know and love so much. We’ve missed you!