When you’ve got a new job, it’s nice to relax.
But when you’re a new family, it can be challenging to make friends and connect with a community.
This is where Hibachi is, says its owner, Hilda.
But Hilda says she has a message for her customers and customers of all ages.
“Hibachi is for everyone.
We’re for everyone,” she says.
Hilda’s Hibachi restaurant has been a favourite of her family for generations, and for the last three years, she has been making her way to the city for her first time.
She says she was inspired by a visit to a friend in Australia and found the city’s food scene to be full of surprises.
“It was so exciting,” she said.
“When I was in Australia, it was a different world, so I wanted to come to Halifax.
It’s so exciting for me to come back and have the opportunity to have the same experiences, to be able to come here and experience it.”
It’s a big change for the Hibachi owner.
When she arrived in Canada, she was a single mother with her two children and the rest of her extended family.
“I had two young kids, and I couldn’t afford to buy my own food,” she recalls.
“They were on food stamps, and my mom had to go and live with the homeless.”
Now, Hildy says she’s been able to give her children a second chance, and has seen her kids grow.
“My kids have grown up and they’re all doing really well,” she explained.
“And it’s so good to see them growing up.
They’re all in school, and they can’t wait to go to school and have their own lives.”
Hibachi’s main menu features a mix of traditional Japanese fare, as well as contemporary and Asian cuisine.
It has a lot of different options, including sushi, chicken, beef, vegetarian, meat, vegetarian and fish.
There are also vegetarian and vegan options, and gluten-free options.
Hildys husband is a chef at an Asian restaurant, and he’s been working at Hibachi for about four years.
When Hildie’s husband’s family moved to Halifax last year, he was looking forward to a change.
“The weather is amazing, and it’s sunny,” he said.
But the weather has also been hard on the family, as Hildi is not a certified hot dog vendor, and so he’s had to work with his wife on some other things.
Hiji has been very supportive, but she has to make do.
“We are so close.
I don’t know how we can get through it,” she admits.
“But we’ll do it.”
Hildiy’s Hibari restaurant will be open from Wednesday until November 17, and she says it’s been an honour to serve customers for so long.
“Every year, I come here, I want to serve my customers great food, and that’s what I’m trying to do,” she concludes.
With files from The Canadian Press.