We’re not sure that this Kentish Town underground station video can quite match the dizzying international phenomenon that was yesterday’s Erasure platform singalong, but it’s essential viewing for anyone chuffed at the resolution today of the Fruit Bowl/Wahaca story, nevertheless. In a nutshell, the stall can stay, say landlords TFL. Thank God for that.
The short film features a walk-through of the upper parts of the tube station – the area slated to become the new posh Mexican food joint – when it was occupied by previous long-term tenants 5th Column.
The famous screen-printing company, responsible for producing countless iconic t-shirts over the years, (including our lovely Ich Bin Kentishtowner range) moved to Tottenham a year ago, but this video shows their impressive K-Town operation when it was in full flight.
You’ll love the original Leslie Green station tiling in the old booking hall, seen complete with tree growing from the middle of the room as the centrepiece of 5th Column’s quirky office. Then marvel at the gloopy yellow inks being poured out in the main space upstairs, soon to be replaced with similarly viscous enchilada sauces, if all goes to plan.
The video reveals just how lovely the space is – and why it deserves public access as soon as possible.
Perhaps, with today’s happy news, Wahaca should also investigate opening up the vast flat roof of the station, which boasts the best views in all of NW5, to offer fabulous al fresco dining too?
Wahaca is due to open on the site in 2015. The Fruit Bowl is signing a new contract as we speak (yay!) Keep an eye on Kentishtowner.co.uk for the latest updates