The old Loki Cafe spot (2114 N 45th Street) has been empty since August, and guessing what’s going to replace it has become something of a parlor game in Wallingford: a new Thai restaurant? Lunchbox Laboratory? Condos?
In the hopes of getting some answers, we contacted Kate Perry, the Marketing Coordinator for Chow Foods (who operate The 5 Spot, The High Life, Coastal Kitchen, Atlas and others, and who we understand hold the lease). She replied:
Thanks for getting in touch. We’re still in negotiations with a number of people associated with the location–nothing is finalized at this point. I’ll be sure to get in touch with you if and when we have more definitive info!
But why wait, when more definitive (albeit second-hand) info can be had in our very own Wallyhood Forums? From Mike:
According to a long-time Beeliner and Jitterbug staffer, the Chow Foods owners split up. They split their restaurant empire in “half” (half in quotes because one of them ended up with most of the locations leaving the rest of the staff to gossip endlessly about why). Anyhow, the BeeJitterFlowLoki Cafe is going to become office space for one of the Chow Foods owners (can’t remember which one) as well as a test kitchen.
They claim it’ll be returned to restaurant status eventually.
My question is if they need test mouths for the test kitchen…