The space now occupied by Scatch Burrito and Happy Tap
, which we review this week, once held Shazz Café, an ambitious restaurant that chef Benny Kaplan opened in late 2008. But his hyper-local shrine to innovative cuisine just didn't make it in that location, and he closed the place in August 2011, swearing he was out of the ownership game. A year later, he was eating his words when he opened Wafflich
, a sandwich and ice cream joint in a tiny space at 4166 Tennyson Street.
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That spot has been a hit - such a hit that Kaplan is taking the month of January off, closing Wafflich until February 1 "for vacation," as the sign on the door reads.
And that's convenient, because the makers of Sweet Action ice cream, which is a big draw at Wafflich, have also taken the month off; their Sweet Action store at 52 Broadway is closed until February 1.