This Burnaby gelato bar is reopening as a swanky, expanded café

Chris Campbell

The front windows at FiorDiLatte on Hastings in Burnaby Heights has been papered over for a long time.

This has left fans – myself included - of its extraordinary gelato feeling sad as we all wondered what was going on and if it would ever open again.

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It will and soon, according to new owner Alex Radjenovic, who spoke to me from the renovated space on Friday.

Radjenovic has taken over FiorDiLatte and completed a renovation to turn the place into a full-blown bakery-gelato bar-café.

Radjenovic is a baker by trade and is known for the incredible baked goods he’s been selling at a number of farmers markets, including the one in Burnaby.

Once all the permits and approvals are in place, hopefully soon, FiorDiLatte will still have gelato made in-house (Radjenovic is training with the previous owner), but will also offer a huge variety of baked goodies. There will also be a full coffee bar featuring all of your favourite caffeinated beverages.

Radjenovic also promises some game-changing sandwiches featuring freshly smoked meats and bread that is baked in-house.

“We decided to up our game when it comes to the sandwiches,” Radjenovic said.

Radjenovic rented cooking space to bake his products and said this will definitely be a big change to have his own brick-and-mortar space.

“I would be at the markets and people would always ask me what was next and here we are,” he said.

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