Wander is reopening!
Im excited to share with everyone that we will be reopening in a few weeks!
I know people have a lot of questions
& apologies for being very obscure about my future but a lot has been going on…
I don’t really want to get into everything that has happened in the past 18 months as I only want to be positive and look ahead. But basically….When I announced Wander was closing in Sept, I was 100% ready to go home for good. I’d prepared the restaurant for sale & even showed the property to some agents. However our final months of service with all our amazing regulars made me realise this restaurant is my home and I was not ready to leave.
The problem was to go apply from Aus there would be no guarantee that my visa would actually be granted, the wait time was a minimum of 24 weeks & if I was denied after I left the UK i was not allowed to return even as a tourist for over 2 years. I debated staying & waiting for my appeal to be processed but in Oct found out my mum had some health issues & I needed to return home to be with her whilst she underwent treatment.
So coming back to the UK was never guaranteed & was actually a huge gamble. ( which is all very Wander ) I don’t want people to think I’ve been deceptive about closing/opening cause realistically there was a really high chance we wouldn’t reopen and if that did occur I wanted to have closed Wander properly and with no regrets.
However fortunately my visa was granted a lot quicker than anticipated, I’m back in N16 and ready for Wander 3.0 (4.0 , 5.0 ? Who knows, I have had many stops and starts over the past 3 years… )
When I left I shut down everything in the event that I couldn’t return ( reservation system, wifi, phone, POS etc ) so it will take me a few weeks to get up and running and I will let everyone know via Insta and our newsletter as soon as I know.
In the meantime, I’m looking for staff! I’ll do a longer post about staffing soon but basically good food, good wine, good hours, good pay. Any FOH or Chefs who wanna come and play please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m really looking forward to welcoming you back to Wander again soon!