A dish named Wanda
News travels fast in the Market. The ink was barely dry on the deal that sees Wanda's Pie In The Sky take over the now defunct Alchemy Bakery (287 Augusta, at Oxford) across from Urban Herbivore, when the whole nabe was abuzz. Well, me and La Palette's Shamez Amiani anyway. Owner Wanda Beaver closed her Yonge and Yorkville café - now Roberto Granata's Mela - a couple of years back to concentrate on the wholesale side of the business.
"Our intention is to get pack to the people," says Wanda's David Beaver. "The first place we ever bought apples to bake our pies was a fruit stall on Kensington."
The new Wanda's location - due in the spring - will consolidate the couple's Etobicoke wholesale operation with a relaunched vegetarian resto with a wrap-around patio.
"We've had our eye on that property for nearly 20 years, and it looks like it's finally going to happen," says the man known to most as Mr. Wanda.
A couple of doors north at 303 Augusta, in the space that once housed that contentious Nike "art gallery," watch for the December debut of Waterfall. The upscale 80-seat Indian restaurant hopes to hop the small-plates tapas bandwagon before it leaves town. And further up the block, the rice bar known as Rice Bar (319 Augusta, at College, 416-922-7423) has expanded to incorporate a DIY sandwich shop that goes by the name Wich?