Local loos voted number one

The thrones at a South Burnaby restaurant were crowned the finest facilities in the land today. The Cactus Club Café commodes at 7320 Market Crossing were declared Canada’s top toilets after winning an inaugural online contest sponsored by Cincinnati-based Cintas Corporation.

Winning washrooms: A South Burnaby Cactus Club has been awarded the distinction of having best restrooms in Canada.

“We are incredibly proud to be receiving this accolade for our Byrne Road location,” said Cactus Club president Richard Jaffray. “We strive to bring our customers an affordable luxury experience at all our locations, and the restrooms are a part of that experience just like our food and dining rooms.”

The award was determined by thousands of votes cast at the website http://www.bestrestroom.com. A similar contest has run for several years in the U.S., but this is the first of its kind in Canada.

Contest surveyor David Brandt said there were more than 100 nominees in the contest, which was then narrowed down to five. Vancouver’s new Shangri-La Hotel was the only other B.C. finalist, while the remaining three are all found in high-end Toronto restaurants.

The Cactus Club restaurant’s washrooms, created by interior designer Anna Walentowicz, feature carpeted seating areas, flatscreen TVs, customized foot-flush toilets and stalls equipped with their own fans and sound system speakers.

“I know it sounds cliché, but it’s an honour just to be nominated with such a calibre of restaurants,” said Walentowicz in a previous interview with the Burnaby NOW. “Especially for a collection of restaurants like ourselves, we don’t often get put in that level or category.”

She said that while she is particularly proud of the Burnaby restaurant’s facilities, they aren’t a radical step above those found in most of their newer locations.

“Our new generations of stores all have something relatively similar, but we try to keep each location a bit unique from the rest.”

She added that the location near Boundary and Lougheed will soon be getting a major renovation.

The first Cactus Club Café opened in North Vancouver in 1988 and the company has since grown to 16 locations.

(This story was first published Sept. 22, 2010. © Copyright (c) Burnaby Now)

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