The hottest rumour doing the rounds – and one which Wansteadium has quite a good source for – is that the vacant Santa Fe shop may soon become a fishmongers. This is always one of the most-desired options on this website whenever the subject of vacant shops comes up, but may now be coming true. It’s just a rumour at this stage, and we will attempt to verify. (We thought you’d like to know, nonetheless.)
Other good news is that Fabien Ecuvillon, the French pastry chef who took over Nice Croissant last summer, is still planning to transform the cafe into an artisan bakery.
The former Cinnamon, currently being refurbished, is to become an American style diner next month. Staff are currently being recruited. As the photo from deep inside shows, work is well under way.
And while bets are being placed on what exactly will take the place of the departing Barclays Bank (hot options are a curry house, nail bar or pawn shop), Wansteadium’s own food blogger Suki Orange welcomed – but was a bit underwhelmed by – the new-look Tesco. She said: “There’s an attempt to entice one with a small bakery/patisserie offering at the top of the first aisle with croissants, doughnuts etc.. The fresh aisle is more streamlined, with improved signage, but the shop feels like the shelves are being stacked much higher than before. Also, while they have changed the position of the self-service checkouts, when I was there they hadn’t put any signs to tell people that’s what they had done.”