Heard the latest food fight to hit Kentish Town? The hip Mexican chain Wahaca is planning to take over former screen-printing business Fifth Column, which occupied the upper floors of Kentish Town tube station until late last year.
For the uninitiated, Wahaca is the Mexican streetfood mini-chain founded by Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers, who has been quoted as saying in the CNJ: “We have always loved Kentish Town for its quirky vibe that is cultured without being po-faced. It’s got a kind of easygoing intelligence about it that’s really attractive, and a close community feel.”
The arrival of her restaurant is undoubtedly a good thing for the area’s eating options – but there’s one rather large sticking point. TFL, who own the building, want uber-popular fruit and veg stall The Fruit Bowl, run by Sally Keable and Bajram Zeqiri, to move out in January.
Which is ridiculous, of course. This is a stall that almost every local uses regularly, and one that we love so much that Sally is even starring in our new December print issue (out next week).
And, if it is forced to move, surely there’s one simple solution to the fuss, isn’t there? The Fruit Bowl should be allowed to relocate to the still underused canopy area, where it was originally.
Furthermore, shouldn’t it be part of a larger daily Borough-style food market under said canopy which would brighten up a spot whose current saviours are only flower queen Natasha and coffee cart Bean About Town?
That is, of course, if it has to relocate at all. Tell us your thoughts below and we’ll pass this all on to the relevant bigwigs.