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Two Vegan Restaurants from the Landau-Jacoby Empire Have Merged

Fast-casual restaurant Wiz Kid has closed, its space now devoted to ‘global street food bar’ V Street

V Street’s newly expanded location at 124-126 S. 19th Street | Google Streetview

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.

Thank you all for the support during our merge with V Street for lunch! Just as a reminder: our lunch hours are 11-3...

Posted by Wiz Kid on Friday, March 1, 2019

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.

Wiz Kid

124 South 19th Street, , PA 19103 (267) 687-2137 Visit Website

V Street

124-126 South 19th Street, , PA 19103 (215) 278-7943 Visit Website

Will

1911 East Passyunk , Philadelphia, PA 19148

Vedge

1221 Locust Street, , PA 19107 (215) 320-7500 Visit Website

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