Hy's Steakhouse celebrates 60 years
The restaurant first opened in Calgary in 1955, but considers itself very much a Vancouver-establishment
Hy Aisenstat opened the first Hy's Steakhouse in Calgary in 1955 and today the restaurant chain is celebrating 60 years in the business.
"We feel very fortunate to have such longevity," said Hy's son Neil Aisenstat, who is the current president and CEO of the steakhouse.
"We operate in a fine-dining steakhouse genre, constantly changing and retooling as genre is progressing. The key is just good quality beef and great quality dishes," he said.
The restaurant considers itself very much a Vancouver establishment since the family moved here in 1960.
The steakhouse has served many celebrities through the years, including Muhammad Ali.
"He would come in and have a huge bowl of caesar salad and two t-bone steaks," said Aisenstat, "He ate a lot."
He remembers meeting Ali when he was younger. Ali would frequent the restaurant every afternoon after training while he was in town for a fight.
The chains' Hornby Street location recently underwent renovations.
"Putting in a nice bar, a library bar with a la carte and private rooms," said Aisenstat.
He says the family is grateful that they've been able to stick around for so many years, especially in such a competitive business.
In the video above, Aisenstat tells CBC host Gloria Macarenko about some of his fondest memories when he was just a child and his father ran the restaurant.
To hear the full interview listen to the audio labelled Hy's Steakhouse turns 60 with the CBC's Rick Cluff on The Early Edition.