Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Waffle Boss Dies, Pretty Dog Lives

By Jesse Hirsch
Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Last week I noticed that Waffle Boss, the Liège-style waffle shop that was supposed to open in Temescal by the end of 2011, had not materialized. The shop’s website and Facebook pages were down, and a quick Internet search turned up nothing on owner Peter Fikaris. So I wrote a blog post with the words “Waffle Boss where art thou?”, the Internet equivalent of shining a waffle in the sky. Three days later, I got an email from the boss himself.

Sad news for waffle lovers: After two years trying to get Waffle Boss running (obtaining permits, building out the space, etc.), Fikaris has given up. He sold his waffle maker to San Francisco chicken-and-waffle pop-up Angry Man Eats. He’s also leasing out the Waffle Boss location (4140 Telegraph Ave.) to the owner of Rico’s, who plans to open an offshoot of the popular downtown diner.

The Waffle Boss space will now be home to Rico's Diner.
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  • The Waffle Boss space will now be home to Rico's Diner.

Now Fikaris has his hands full with a new project, Pretty Dog Hot Sauce (website should be up this week). It sprang from his attempts to create a spicy sauce for chicken and waffles, and has now spread to seven varieties. Using the kitchen at Addie’s Pizza (where Fikaris works), he’s concocted an eclectic range of flavors like black garlic with Meyer lemon and habanero blood orange. Pretty Dog sauces are currently offered at Addie’s, Remedy Coffee, 24th Street Cheese, Rico’s Diner, Zza’s Trattoria, and soon-to-open Beauty’s Bagel Shop. Fikaris hopes to have it permitted soon for retail.

But is he sad about giving up his waffle dreams? “Not at all,” he laughed, “though my friends are now obsessed with waffles.”

Comments? Tips? Get in touch at Jesse.Hirsch@EastBayExpress.com.

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