On June 16, Canada’s longest-running restaurant chain celebrates 85 years of legendary taste, family tradition, local sourcing and community involvement! White Spot serves more than 12 million guests each year, buys more local products than any other full service restaurant chain in B.C., and has the highest average employee tenure of any Canadian restaurant chain. Over the past year, 87 per cent of British Columbians who dined out visited White Spot.
In recognition of the milestone, classic menu items are being brought back by popular demand. From the iconic Chicken Pick’ns that helped launch White Spot from its first location on Granville Street in Vancouver, to the decadent Nat Bailey ‘Adult’ Shake with Bailey’s and Amaretto, the limited time 85th Anniversary menu has something for everyone.
“For many British Columbians, White Spot is a home away from home,” said Warren Erhart, President of White Spot. “As the overwhelming number of guest stories attest, I’m proud to say we’ve become part of the fabric of the province. Great value and uncompromising taste in a family-friendly setting; that’s the way Nat Bailey wanted it to be.”
Harkening back to the days when Nat started White Spot in 1928, the 85th Anniversary menu features classics like the hearty Meatloaf Dinner, original BBQ Chicken Sandwich and Triple Triple three-patty burger. Finish your meal off with Bumbleberry Pie topped with local vanilla bean ice cream, served in a personal-sized crust.
The commemorative menu, which is available from June 10 to July 14, brings White Spot history to life with heart-warming stories – like the tale of a happily-married couple who got engaged over a chocolate milkshake. Nearly one thousand touching White Spot stories have been sent in from guests around the province.
“White Spot has always been a place where memories are made,” added Erhart. “The response from guests who feel a personal connection to our restaurants shows just how many lives White Spot has touched. From budding romances to family reunions, it seems nearly everyone has a White Spot story.”
Nat Bailey’s “Nat facts”
- White Spot founder Nat Bailey opened Canada’s first drive-in at Granville & 67th in 1928.
- Nat began his food career serving refreshments at baseball games. Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver is named in his honour.
- Nat transformed his 1918 Model T Ford into a traveling lunch counter, and served hungry sightseers at Vancouver’s Lookout Point. Hot dogs were a dime and ice cream was a nickel.
- Nat was so committed to having the cleanest spot in town that he named his restaurant ‘White Spot’ – where ‘White’ represented spotlessly clean.
- Nat pioneered the ‘car hop’ – waiters who would ‘hop’ to it and deliver food to guests relaxing in their vehicles.
- With longevity comes history. Nat’s first signature dish – the BBQ Chicken Sandwich – came about in 1928 partly due to a shortage of beef following the war.
- According to legend, Nat’s secret Triple ‘O’ sauce came from shorthand used by carhops filling out order slips. Guests could choose from several toppings. An X meant hold, an O meant extra, and Triple ‘O’ meant plenty of everything!
Home of the Pirate Pak and signature Triple ‘O’ sauce, White Spot sources nearly 5 million pounds of potatoes, 675,000 pounds of tomatoes and 73,000 pounds of blueberries from B.C. producers every year. White Spot is the only casual dining chain in the province that offers a 100 per cent B.C. VQA wine selection, and was one of the first restaurants in Western Canada to have Heart & Stroke Foundation-approved menu items.
Net proceeds from the 85th Anniversary menu, which are available for $2 as a keepsake, support Zajac Ranch for Children. View the complete limited time offer menu at: www.whitespot.ca/menu/promo/85th-anniversary.