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Suggest eating at a vegetarian restaurant and unless your friends are yogis, Seventh Day Adventists or Californian, the response is rarely enthusiastic. But after a visit to White Rose Vegetarian Kitchen last summer, even my unabashedly carnivorous partner kept talking about it. So when friends told us at Thanksgiving that they were experimenting with a vegan diet, we knew just where to take them for dinner.
White Rose is housed in a former White Rose gas station (hence the name) and is run by Dwayne and Alberta Ennest of Cuisine Concepts (they also own Big Fish and Open Range).
The Ennests have carved a very cool space out of what was essentially an old garage. With the exception of glass overhead doors that face the street, you’d never know it; the walls are painted a soothing shade of turquoise, while the banquettes that line two of those walls are covered in sea-green corduroy. (The corner where they meet is the best spot in the room, if you can get it.) The rest of the seating is comprised of mismatched round tables and chairs, the kind you find in a second-hand store (beside the raspberry berets, presumably).
White Rose is owned by Dwayne and Alberta Ennest. Photo by Jim Wells / Postmedia /Swerve Bright beams of light play on the walls…