Wiz Kid: Rich Landau’s Fast-Casual Vegan Eatery

Not a rendering of what Wiz Kid will look like.

Not a rendering of what Wiz Kid will look like | Mad Photoshop skillz by Arthur Etchells

Rich Landau of Vedge and V Street fame touches base with an update on his fast-casual concept that he has plans to open next door to V Street on 19th Street. The former EyeSite will open as Wiz Kid this holiday season. Landau is promising a “chef-driven” fast-casual concept with a focused menu and a “beverage program built to match.”

The menu will include sandwiches like the namesake Wiz Kid, a mushroom steak sandwich topped with long hots and rutabaga wiz and the KFT (Korean fried tempeh). In addition to the sandwiches there will be multiple takes on fries, ice cream and more.

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Rich Landau Opening a Fast-Casual concept

V Street will take over the EYEsite building on 18th Street.

V Street will take over the EYEsite building on 18th Street | Photo by Arthur Etchells

A liquor license application in the window of V Street shows that Rich Landau’s vegan empire is expanding next door. The building is the current home of EYESite, which is moving around the corner to 17th Street.

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Michael Solomonov Is a James Beard Finalist for Outstanding Chef


Michael Solomonov: Nominated for Outstanding Chef 2016

Today, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its 2016 awards. Zahav chef and owner Michael Solomonov is a finalist for Outstanding Chef and his cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking was also nominated in the International Cookbook category.

Three Philadelphia chefs made it through to the finals for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. They were Eli Kulp, ForkRich Landau, Vedge;  and Greg Vernick, Vernick Food + Drink.

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Rich Landau Wants You to Eat Your Vegetables

Kate Jacoby, co-owner, manager and pastry chef of Vedge and V Street, with her husband, Rich Landau, at Vedge. Photograph by Gene Smirnov

Kate Jacoby, co-owner, manager and pastry chef of Vedge and V Street, with her husband, Rich Landau, at Vedge. Photograph by Gene Smirnov

No tattoos. No cursing. No meat, no fish, no eggs, no dairy. No drama. This is a successful chef?

Rich Landau plops a pile of spongy, chalk-colored tofu into a big stainless steel bowl. “This is the most clichéd part of my job,” he says, leaning into the bowl with both hands and tearing the tofu limb from limb, or whatever it is you do to the curd of soybeans. Landau calls tofu “the evil icon of vegetarianism,” and it’s obvious he’s worked with it a few times — check that; a few hundred thousand times — before. Read more »

V Street Starts Brunch


V Street is now serving brunch.

Brunch begins this weekend at V Street. Of course one brunch staple that won’t be on the menu at Rich Landau’s and Kate Jacoby’s vegan restaurant is eggs. But with dishes like Togarashi Home Fries; Pho Spiced Mushrooms and Biscuit; and Waffles with Ponzu Maple Syrup you won’t go wonting.

And since brunch is just breakfast without booze, V Street is offering a special breakfast cocktail of La Luchadora (tequila, tomato, house grenadine and hot sauce). And to get the day going, there will also be Horchata Iced Coffee.
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Vedge Is Hosting a Pop-Up Five-Course Vegan Dinner at Terrain

Terrain at Styers

Terrain at Styers

We love a good brand collaboration, especially when said collaboration results in a delicious vegan dinner with Vedge chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. The two are hosting a five-course dinner at Terrain in Glen Mills next month featuring dishes from their cookbook VedgeRead more »

Calling All Vegans: V Street Starts Serving Lunch Today

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

If your stomach is beginning to growl, we’ve got just the fix: Head on over to V Street for some grub—Rich Landau’s vegan Rittenhouse spot starts serving lunch today. A few days ago, our friends over on Foobooz broke the news that the street-food-inspired restaurant, which up until today was dinner-only, would begin serving up all sorts of good stuff for lunch this week, and now the time has finally come.

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Best News We’ve Heard All Week: V Street Opening For Lunch

vstreetAnd this, in a week that has already had some pretty good news in it AND some great news about lunch in it. So that’s really saying something, even though it’s only Tuesday.

The very first time I sat down at Rich Landau‘s bar, I wanted to know when the place was going to be open for lunch. So much more casual and approachable than Vedge, it just seemed like the kind of place that would be perfect for a long lunch, a couple cocktails, and a few little fried (vegan) snacks from the kitchen. I asked Landau if there were plans for lunch. He said yeah, but not, you know, soon (because the place had pretty much just opened). But starting on Thursday of this week, my wish will come true and V Street will begin serving lunch from 11:30-2pm, Monday through Friday.

And, of course, we have a menu.

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V Street Launches Happy Hour

v-street-400V Street, the vegan bar from Rich Landau and his wife Kate Jacoby is launching a seven-day-a-week happy hour starting today. The happy hour features 5 and 6 dollar cocktails as well as drinks and runs from 5 to 6 p.m.

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