A corporate fire about a year ago at the School of the Wise caused owners Brandon and Ashley Wallis to re-examine what they were doing – what they wanted the rest of their lives to be like.
The result: the butcher’s charcuterie.
“Once you get through the shock of the fire, the damage and what you’ve been doing for 16 years, you realize that it gave us the opportunity to review what we were doing; where we wanted to go; where we wanted to live, ”Brandon said from inside the couple’s new shopping site at 1550 Arboretum Boulevard in Victoria.
“We chose to do something other than a restaurant,” Brandon said. “We think this is the type of business that will work in Victoria; something unique and different.
Butcher’s Deli, which is slated to open at the end of the month, will feature premium butcher’s meats, a delicatessen, a coffee bar and even on / off liquor sales.
“We want this to be a place where you can order a nice sandwich and have a beer while you wait for your groceries, ribeye, pork chops and other items to load,” Brandon said. “It will be unique in that we are going to provide enough seats to maintain the liquor license.”
The plans offer seating for 25 amid the 1,750 square foot facility.
Food offerings will include the store’s unique salad mixes, along with a menu of sandwiches and soups, likely including the tomato soup that was popular in the School of the Wise.
Two new businesses, HomeTown Bank and Nautical Bowls, move to downtown Victoria where the Wallis restaurant was located.
HTB will open a temporary office for loan and deposit production at the site, with a large opening likely in January, according to Monica MacDonald, assistant vice president of loans for the bank, which will be located at 1750 Tower Blvd.
The bank’s temporary office should eventually become a full-service bank in the community.
“We look forward to the investment we are making in Victoria,” said MacDonald, also a resident of Victoria. “We are excited about the business.
Nautical Bowls is a franchise that is a fast-paced, laid-back concept offering fresh acai bowls.
The Wallis, who also own The Social Ice Cream Parlor in downtown Victoria, said they would incorporate as many local brewery and vineyard selections as possible into The Butcher’s Deli.
Brandon said he realized after the fire, and after taking a family ancestry exam, that he wanted to stay in the restaurant industry.
“I loved my clients; I loved seeing the reactions of our customers when they tried our food, ”he said. “I knew this was the industry I wanted to be in, to stay.”
While researching heritage he found out from a relative that its history dates back to England and that his ancestors were in the food industry.
About five employees will be working at any given time, Brandon said, adding that a butcher had already been hired. The exact opening hours have not been determined.
“What we’re going to be offering is something that I think every community should have,” he said, adding that interested parties should check the company’s Facebook page for information, including a date. ‘opening.
“We want to build an experience; like what we did at the School of the Wise, ”Brandon said. “I’m pretty sure people will appreciate and appreciate what we offer. “