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Opinion: Did Burnaby really need a two-storey mega-McDonald’s? Well, we have one now

I recently received a message that a new two-storey restaurant was opening soon in the Amazing Brentwood.
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It's a big McDonald's at the Amazing Brentwood in Burnaby.

I recently received a message that a new two-storey restaurant was opening soon in the Amazing Brentwood.

That surprised me because the two-storey restaurant space at the mall, as far as I knew, was still empty after Cactus Club said it was no longer going to move in there (the mall still hasn’t announced a new tenant for that space).

No, it turns out what they were referring to was a new two-storey mega-McDonald’s on the south side of the mall below the Starbucks and facing Lougheed Highway.

Did we really need a McDonald’s this big in Burnaby? I don’t know, but the place is impressive with giant floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of natural light. It’ll sure come in handy for SkyTrain commuters looking for a quick meal.

I stopped by to check it out and have some lunch. It looked challenging for people to carry their trays up the stairs. But there’s also an outdoor patio on ground floor that looked popular for customers.

It’s just another step forward for the Amazing Brentwood, which still has a ways to go to finish its phases and ambitious plans for multiple residential towers and one of the biggest shopping centres in Western Canada.

The skybridge has now opened to the public, connected the older side of the mall and the new Tables food court with the brand-spanking new phase that’s loaded with shops, restaurants and services.

The Amazing Brentwood has three residential towers built, but will eventually have 13 total on the 28-acre property at Lougheed and Willingdon. As part of phase one, 1.45 million square feet of retail space has been built.

On the north side of the skybridge is Tables, a swanky 780-seat food court that blows away most mall food courts and includes an outdoor patio. The north side also includes the older wing of the mall that includes London Drugs. Below are such new businesses as Nike and

Inside the mammoth building are a variety of different features.

There are fun options such as Cineplex’s new five-screen VIP movie theatre and its Rec Room entertainment complex that features everything from video games to pool tables to virtual reality.

There are lifestyle features like a fitness facility, brow bar and barbershop.

Then, if you go outside, you’ll find the huge outdoor plaza that includes shops such as the new Sephora that just opened, a big Starbucks, plus such restaurants as La Taqueria and Gram pancakes. It will be a hub of activity and host a variety of live entertainment shows that will utilize its special portable stage. OEB, an all-day breakfast place, has already opened and other food options are still being developed. 

And then there’s the shopping at H&M, H&M Home, Sporting Life, Suit Supply, L.L. Bean, Urban Outfitters and more that have either opened or will open.

Follow Chris Campbell on Twitter @shinebox44.