We're doing a series of videos to help shine a light on a few of our favourite local vendors we don't want to lose during COVID-19. A 20% drop in business is a lot for the big companies, but a 20% drop for local small business is often the end for them.
Small businesses are the backbone and soul of our communities. It’s more important than ever that we support local businesses at this time.
In this video, Andrew Hasman is standing socially distanced with Justin Ault of Hapa Izakaya for a short interview.
Andrew: Justin, tell us how COVID-19 has impacted your business?
Justin: Well, Andrew, like a lot of businesses it’s had a huge impact. We had to lay off the majority of our staff, keeping a few of our kitchen staff for delivery orders. It has been a whole new ball game, delivery is something we’ve never done as we put a lot of effort into the presentation of each dish, and that’s just not the same for take-out in a box. However, delivery orders are our lifeline now and we have to do what we have to do. It has taken adjusting.
Andrew: It’s a new reality…For anyone watching watching this video, tell us a bit about the restaurant.
Justin: As our name says, ‘izakaya’ is a Japanese style pub serving small plates -tapas, if you will, and most people share them family style. We have sushi on the menu, but we’re not a sushi restaurant -lots of cooked food beyond fish. The atmosphere at Hapa Izakaya is normally full of energy and fun! Hopefully we can reopen in a couple months.
Andrew: If I’m a first time diner, what are two menu items that are must-haves?
Justin: Only two, that’s a tough one! I would say the Ebi Mayo -deep fried prawns with slightly spicy mayo, and the Stone Bowl Rice available in four different varieties, something for everyone.
Andrew: I can speak from personal experience as I have ordered from Hapa Izakaya a number of occasions and the food is fabulous!
For anyone considering ordering in tonight, please consider ordering from Hapa Izakaya in Yaletown. They’re available on Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, and Door Dash. Together, let’s make sure to continue to support small businesses during this difficult period of COVID-19.