(Vancouver, BC)  March 1, 2012 – Hapa Izakaya is pleased to receive the coveted Best Restaurant award in the 8th annual Westside Business Awards (WBA) of Distinction held by the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce.

Owners, Justin and Lea Ault were recognized for Hapa Izakaya Kitsilano, a 95-seat restaurant spanning a large bar, lounge, and in warmer months, a 25-seat patio, just steps away from Kitsilano Beach, at 1516 Yew Street.

“Hapa Kitsilano has been committed to bringing innovative and elegantly presented izakaya-style dishes to the Kits neighbourhood for over seven years now,” said Justin Ault. “We are thrilled to be recognized by the Westside Business Awards as among the very best.”   He adds, “While it may sound like a cliché, this award really belongs to our staff. Their talent and hospitality is what gives each Hapa its own unique style and personality. Lea and I are extremely proud of their efforts.”

Nominated by the public, the WBA recognize excellence in the achievements of local businesses and serve to advance the high standards that the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce promotes.

The 2012 WBA winners were announced at an awards gala on February 23, 2012 at the Jewel Ballroom.

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