Two years ago, two young girls from Mexico and an American couple wanted to make a new experience in Calgary.
They opened a cafe in downtown Calgary called Seven Mile Cafe, and since then have built it into a destination for locals and visitors alike.
“We’re trying to do something different.
We wanted to bring a little bit of culture, a little something different,” said Laura Hernandez, a co-owner of Seven Mile.
“A new, fresh perspective to the restaurant, to the bar, to a little cafe.
It’s very different.”
It’s a concept Hernandez and her co-owners started in Mexico a couple of years ago to try and capture the vibrancy of their home country, a place with a history of ethnic and cultural diversity and a thriving economy.
“It’s a beautiful place to be.
We’re trying our best to make it our own,” said Hernandez, who is also the CEO of the Seven Mile Community Centre.”
I’ve been working on this for two years.
I don’t know how long it’s going to take us to make this happen.
We’ve never done this before.
It feels like we’ve been waiting for this day for a long time,” she said.
In a recent interview with CBC News, Hernandez said she has already made a few changes.
Her cafe’s menu is more varied and more local.
It offers a more modern, trendy menu that has more local ingredients, such as grilled shrimp, a vegan version of chicken and a seasonal cocktail that includes lime juice and orange.
Hernandez said her new menu will be rolled out over the next couple of weeks.
Her goal is to serve more dishes like tacos and guacamole.
The menu is just starting to come together, she said, but she has a few ideas for what she wants to create.
“We’re definitely going to start with tacos,” she explained.
“My goal is for us to do things that are different and new, and for people to like it.
I want people to feel good about coming here.”
Hernandez said she hopes the new menu can spark conversations about food in general, as well as food in particular, and about the history of this region.
She wants the restaurant to serve the local community, and to help people understand that it’s not just about the food.
“There’s a lot of other places that are catering to the tourists that don’t serve their local food.
It really comes down to what’s the culture that is happening in the restaurant.
And we want to show that to people,” she added.
Hernandez and her husband, Jose Hernandez, met while working in Mexico as they studied for their Master of Business Administration degree in 2016.
She worked in a restaurant in Mexico and was very excited to learn that her husband was a successful businessman, Hernandez explained.
They moved to Canada in 2016, and they have since opened a few restaurants and bars in Calgary and Edmonton.
The couple has been open to experimenting with different menus and ideas, and hopes to have them up and running within a year.
Hernandez and the rest of her team hope to make their own menu by the end of the year.
Hes mom is also working on the menu.
Her husband works in marketing, and her mom works in customer service, Hernandez added.
The rest of the team is all volunteers, and their goal is that the restaurant is open for business by the fall.
“So many people come to us for the food, and we don’t even have to eat,” Hernandez said.
“If we can get it going, then people can come here, and then they can come back and try out our food.
That’s the vision.
That we want people coming to our restaurant.”
For now, the restaurant remains open, and Hernandez said it’s only one of many things she wants the community to experience at Seven Mile, a restaurant that will hopefully become a tourist destination for many years to come.
“What’s going on here in this restaurant is not new.
We just want to bring something new and different to Calgary.
We want to give it a fresh feel, and that’s our goal,” she told CBC News.