People love snacks that are easy to eat while walking around.
This is something Andrea Capecci realized watching customers at her year-old Pbon's Fresh Phood truck, and it’s the driving concept behind her first storefront, Waffles & Wedges.
Capecci and partner Laura Judy have signed a lease for 1511 Pine St., a tiny nook on the northeast corner of Hicks Street that was previously home to Mexico on the Square.
On the menu at the counter-service spot will be the namesake waffles, made with Liège-style brioche batter, and wedges — thick-cut, skin-on rods of regular and sweet potatoes that are baked, not fried. A few of Pbon’s signature pretzel-bun sandwiches will also be on offer, and everything will be priced $10 or under.
Back to the walking around: both wedges and waffles — cut into pieces Capecci is calling “Love Bites” — will be sold in eco-friendly paper cones that have a built-in pouch for dipping sauce. (If you visited Love Park’s Christmas Village last year, you may have seen something similar from the Wandering Waffles stand.) Several dozen sweet and savory sauces are planned, along with a variety of spice toppings for the potatoes. Waffles will also be available whole, topped with sauce or a scoop of Philly-made ice cream.
Since space is at a premium, expect only around four or five seats inside, plus a few along the sidewalk. In addition to takeout, Capecci and Judy are banking on doing delivery, especially to nearby University of the Arts students.
A mid-to-late March opening is targeted.