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Feelin' the Waffle Love: New restaurant puts a tasty spin on breakfast in Halifax

Kaye Street restaurant and cafe to open in a few weeks with waffles, Polish perogies, sweets, coffee and espresso.

Ania Benko and Matt Webb are opening Waffle Love in the Hydrostone in February.

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Ania Benko and Matt Webb are opening Waffle Love in the Hydrostone in February.

Don’t waffle on the new restaurant at the Hydrostone.

Waffle Love, opening on Kaye Street in Halifax in a few weeks, will be serving up waffles - surprise, surprise - but also “home-style” Polish perogies, wraps, sweets and a soup of the week, along with coffee and espresso.

“I really like food and waffles, and I wanted to bring ethnic food to Halifax,” said co-owner Ania Benko on Thursday.

Benko and her business partner - and boyfriend - Matt Webb originally met while on separate family vacations in Cuba. Benko was living in Canada, Webb in Great Britain. Eventually, Benko, originally from Winnipeg, and Webb ended up together in Halifax.

The couple was inspired to open up a waffle joint after a trip to Muizenberg, South Africa, where they saw a night market selling waffles and other food. Benko has Polish and Ukrainian roots, and also started making “authentic perogies.”

They sold waffles at markets around the city last year to help pay Benko’s tuition at Dalhousie - “something to get me through school” - and then considered opening a restaurant overseas in Webb’s neck of the woods.

But when an opportunity opened up to do it in Halifax, the young couple jumped at the chance.

“We felt there was a shortage of waffles in Halifax, and wanted to fill the gap - both market and stomachs,” said Benko.

They took possession of their space on Kaye Street two months ago, and have been hard at work renovating the former café into their own space.

Benko’s father flew in from Toronto to lend a much-needed hand with those renos - and to teach the pair how to swing a hammer - but they’ve done most of the work themselves.

The space will have murals painted by a local artist on the walls, and will seat about 20 people “depending how good of friends they are,” with a patio in the summer. They’ll be more focused on take-out orders for the breakfast crowd, though.

They’re putting the finishing touches on the space now, and expect to be open in the next two to three weeks.