Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Wannawaf's future home in Portland. Photo: Facebook
NOTE: This post has been updated.
Anya Arsenault has secured a space in Portland for the second location of her Boothbay Harbor waffle shop, Wannawaf. The new shop will be at 15 Monument Square, in the space formerly occupied by Cobblestones, and will offer waffles, ice cream, but not the hot dogs she has on the menu in Boothbay Harbor.
In addition to sweet waffles, such as the popular Cheeky Monkey (a hot waffle, vanilla ice cream, banana, Nutella, whipped cream and coconut), Arsenault said the Portland shop will offer savory options. These include her signature breakfast waffle, with eggs and bacon cooked in the waffle and a take on the Southern classic, chicken and waffles - popcorn fried chicken inside a waffle, served with gravy or maple syrup. There will be a separate waffle iron for gluten-free waffles.
The new shop will be open for late night noshing, until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Arsenault said. She's shooting for June 7 as the opening day and is "hoping to do two hours of free waffles right out of the gate," with an appearance by Waffle Girl (that's her, in costume). "Ultimately, our goal is to become a national brand - I like to call it the anti-chain - by really, really focusing on the waffles," she said.Tweet
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
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