The move will give the Way Back more space and, more important, a new kitchen, as the kitchen crew, under chef Marcus Eng and Samuel Charles, have been cooking in a food truck parked behind the restaurant for more than a year, since the Way Back opened in the spring of 2016.
George says that he's not quite ready to announce the address, but he notes that the space — which will be in the heart of Tennyson Street's dining and entertainment zone — will allow the restaurant to more fully spread its wings. "We're seriously evaluating the image that has fallen on the Way Back as more of a bar than a restaurant," he explains. "The new space will allow us to differentiate between the bar and restaurant spaces."
While Wayward is expected to open in about three weeks, the Way Back will be closed for several months. To allow customers to say a temporary goodbye, the team is hosting a send-off taco party on August 6 from 2 to 6 p.m.
When our restaurant critic, Gretchen Kurtz, reviewed the Way Back in June, she noted that it stands out as "playful, inventive, evolving. The Way Back is many things, but it’s never the same thing." It definitely won't be the same thing after the move, but we're counting on playful and inventive remaining hallmarks at the new location, too.