Vedge's Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby are looking at June 1 for the opening of Wiz Kid, their ultra-casual vegan quick-serve that's being set up next to their V Street on 19th Street, just north of Rittenhouse Square.
In the meantime, May 9 to May 12 will be the last week of lunch service at V Street (126 S. 19th St.), and Landau and Jacoby will offer a Wiz Kid preview menu over those four days. V Street will open for dinner daily, picking up Monday nights starting May 15, and will serve brunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. V Street also will pick up a noodle bar, supplementing the global-street-food menu.
As for Wiz Kid (124 S. 19th St.), which will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily: It will be geared to takeout but have 18 seats, a small menu (three sandwiches, two salads, and two kinds of fries), and a tiny bar list (three beers on tap and two wines). Menu is here.
Wiz Kid also will have shelves lined with Mason jars, each containing 1½ ounces of spirits such as tequila, gin, vodka, rum, and bourbon. The booze will be available for spiking two housemade nonalcoholic beverages - initially, "black" lemonade filtered through activated charcoal as well as unsweetened mint julep ice tea. This is to keep the bar simple, said Landau, a James Beard finalist this year.
"Let's say you're going back to work," he said. "Then you'd just have the [nonalcoholic version]. But if you had some time to spend..."
Landau, Jacoby, and crew have been tweaking the concept at the Whole Foods store on Hamilton Street, where they have a Wiz Kid stand.
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