KELOWNA, B.C. — RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd. (RCC) — owned by the Audrey Surrao and chef Rod Butters — is adding to its restaurant portfolio with a modern diner concept. Sunny’s is located around the corner from other RCC hotspots RauDZ Regional Table and Micro Bar & Bites.
The diner’s name is a tribute to the duo’s shared photogenic golden retriever and a play on the sunshine of the Okanagan Valley and the restaurant’s prime Lake Okanagan location.
Sunny’s floor plan — designed by Tim Bullinger of Arca 3 Design Studio — is a long and narrow footprint, framed by a reclaimed brick wall and a soaring 20-foot ceiling topped with wooden timbers. Guests can grab a spot at the 16-seat stainless-steel eating counter where they can keep an eye on the traditional diner open kitchen. With only 30 seats — expanding to 44 when the patio weather arrives — breakfast and lunch will be exclusively on the menu until the long days of summer arrive and dinner service will be added.
The culinary team, led by award-winning chef Butters, will offer fresh, innovative takes on diner fare. “I’ve wanted to do a diner concept for many years and when this space on the revitalized Bernard Avenue so close to the lake became available, it was perfect timing to expand our culinary creativity” says Butters.
Renovation of the space is currently underway with an opening planned for spring 2018.