Abid grew up in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, where he gained the “small town ethics and morale” he brought with him when he moved to Vancouver. When moving to the big city, he knew that his love for the community would continue to be his greatest focus and biggest passion. Abid has lived in Vancouver for over ten years and worked in multiple industries, which eventually led him to fall in love with the restaurant business. Raised by a single mother and business owner, Abid knew he would one day run a business of his own in the hospitality industry.
Abid helped to open The Nosherie alongside the restaurant owner, Vic Yehia, in 2015. Abid has worked in downtown Vancouver for over eight years and decided to open Nosherie in the downtown catchment due to the strong sense of community, culture, and the “buzz.”
The Nosherie is located at 575 West Georgia Street and is a place you can visit for a unique take on staple food and drinks that are executed to the highest quality. The restaurant is a place for “connecting and feeling a sense of belonging and community,” says Abid. The menu is always locally driven, so much so that their landlord also supplies the restaurant’s produce. “We feel it is important to stay local in every way we can,” he says.
Looking into the years ahead, Abid and Vic cannot wait for the community to come together once again and rekindle missed connections while having a well-established, comfortable, cozy, and familiar place to visit.
“Hard work will always pay off. There is always room to learn from those who surround you. Opportunity is always knocking at your door; you just have to start the conversation.”-Abid Bardai