Same RauDZ – Refreshed

Early into the new year, RauDZ Regional Table underwent a refreshing renovation.

The story below is from writer Roslyn Buchanan at BC Food & Wine Trails but we wanted to also share our thanks to everyone who helped accomplish what almost seemed impossible within the short time frame of a week.


Our long time friend Tim Bullinger of ARCA3 Design in Vancouver designed our unique bar layout. We also worked with Tim when we constructed micro bar • bites.

 Local stars contributing:

Jorin Wolf Interior Design assisted with consultation on colours, fabrics, our distinctive wallpaper in both the mens and womens’ washrooms and the flooring. We worked with Jorin to design the original RauDZ Regional Table space.

Working on construction were three former chefs, Martin Burden and Victor Nishi as well as Ryan Smid of A to Z Interiors. Martin was former president of the Okanagan Chefs Association, Victor was the man behind Nishi’s Sushi Restaurants and Okanagan’s Finest is Ryan’s project.

Looking at the new space, you can see there was a lot of electrical work and Justin Finch and Kelly Elliott of Light On Electric worked tirelessly to ensure we had lights where we wanted and that our vision could literally come to light!

Dave Richmond did all of our metal work including our foot rail along the bar, the decorative shelves in the window, our new bar/restaurant divider wall and the bar display boxes.

Thank you Jack Routley for the new flooring.

Drapery was stitched by Edwina Flanagan and installed by Claude Duper.

The upholstery was done by Daniela Doebler of Classica. 

Craig Titanich of Titan Stainless worked his magic with the bar and some changes in our kitchen.

Interior Beverage took care of our draft beer unit so we can increase our local beer selection for our guests.

Kelowna Soundwaves who ensured we have music and that our tv’s are on and not just a blank blue screen

Distressing of the bar top and the tables was the frustration release for Chef Brock Bowes and Chef Butters.

Finishing of the table tops and bar top and the addition of the decorative ceiling beams was done by Will Brundula of Heartland Millworks. Will originally created the bar, as well as the community harvest table in the centre of the restaurant and our distinctive front door.

The unique one-of-a-kind wire art that is above our kitchen was created by Diane Nelson by Brandon-Johnson Art and Design.

(from BC Food & Wine Trails – March/April 2016 written by Roslyn Buchanan)

Reborn as a casual restaurant from four-diamond Fresco, RauDZ opened in 2009 with the philosophy, “Support local, buy local, eat and drink local.”

After seven years, thousands of guests, litres and litres of wine, and dozens of awards, the well-loved restaurant earned a refresh said owners Audrey Surrao and Rod Butters.  In keeping with the commitment to the community and partnership with regional farmers, ranchers and food artisans, all elements of the redesign dovetail with the 115 year old heritage brick building’s history.  And you guessed it, local interior designer Jorin Wolf and Tim Bullinger of Arca 3 Design who created RauDZ sexy sister property micro bar • bites, were engaged for the transformation.

While the 21-foot heritage pine table lingers as centrepiece, the renovation goes well beyond cosmetics. Even the industrial-style restrooms are converted to an upscale at-home environment. The entire bar is reconfigured for efficiency and showcases the Liquid Chefs and their mixology magic. On-tap beer selection doubles to accommodate the explosion of local craft brews. The glassed exhibition kitchen stays, although behind-the-scene refinements increase efficiencies.   The blackboard of quotes bids farewell creating a backdrop for a local artist’s 3-D metal-wire sculpture. Wooden tabletops and expansive 28-foot bar are distressed complementing the warmth of the eye-catching pendant lighting.

Working with Spatula Media + Communications on the new look menu for guests to explore, Rod Butters and Executive Chef Brock Bowes continue to develop seasonally-inspired dishes. Clearly, RauDZ embraces the tenet of American business magnate and philanthropist John Davison Rockefeller Sr., “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”  Feast your eyes on RauDZ, open daily at 5 pm.

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