Burnaby campus coffee meister expands

September 7, 2007

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Renaissance Coffee in the Cornerstone building at SFU’s Burnaby campus has expanded by about 450 sq. ft. after taking over the space next door that previously housed a dry-cleaning operation. Owner-operator Parminder Singh Parhar says the extra space let him add 12 more seats and a second fireplace, enlarge both the kitchen and the women’s bathroom, and provide an improved sandwich bar in the restaurant he opened in 2003.

Parhar also owns and operates two Renaissance Coffee kiosks on campus—in the Academic Quadrangle (AQ) and the Applied Science Building—as well as the Pizza Point restaurant on the lower side of the Cornerstone complex. The genial restaurateur and President’s 40th Anniversary Award winner, with an uncanny ability to remember customers’ first names, is also making major changes to his first outlet, opened 11 years ago in the AQ’s northeast corner. He is revamping the entire operation and moving it about 50 feet west, to make way for a new entrance to the Education Building and the atrium in the new Arts and Social Sciences Complex (ASSC1).

The modernized coffee facility, scheduled for completion this month, “is going to be a much more attractive place, with the same number of seats but also very close to public seating in the new atrium,” says Parhar. “I’m very excited about it.”
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