Fast-casual vegan restaurant Wiz Kid has closed.
Owners Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby merged the location with neighboring (also vegan) restaurant V Street three months ago, Philly.com reports, primarily out of necessity. According to Landau, V Street was simply not large enough to meet the demand of clientele.
“We were turning people away from V Street at night,” Landau told Philly.com.
V Street is now formally operating out of 126 S. 19th St and 124 S 19th Street (the latter of which was once the Wiz Kid space). But fans of the popular casual restaurant fear not — the food’s not going anywhere. V Street will serve offerings from Wiz Kid’s vegan salad and sandwich menu at lunch.
With the merge comes expanded hours — V Street, which was once solely open during evenings and for weekend brunch, is now open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch service on weekdays.
Wiz Kid opened in 2017, and quickly garnered critical acclaim (and an Eater Award for best fast-casual restaurant of the year in 2017). Landau, who opened the meat-free, dairy-free Horizons Cafe (now closed) in 1994, had come to dominate the Philly vegan food scene with his wife, Jacoby, when they opened flagship restaurant Vedge, then V-Street in 2014. With the arrival of Wiz Kid several years later, the duo started a vegan empire in the city; one that is sure to remain strong beyond the merging of restaurants.
- All V-Street coverage [EPHI]
- All Wiz Kid coverage [EPHI]
- No more Wiz Kid, as V Street has expanded next door [Philly.com]