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West End led the way in serving practitioners of plant-based eating in Atlanta, connected to—but also distinct from—the contemporary popularity of vegetarian and vegan restaurants here today. In one way, the devotion of customers to these businesses helped the neighborhood circulate community dollars, which paved the way for such hot spots as Slutty Vegan.
Co-founder Paul Owusu hopes Phreshly’s sourcing, quality ingredients, and distinct flavors will help the canned cocktail brand stand out in a crowded market.
Ten-year-old Westside staple Yeah! Burger is reclaiming some of its original identity. The sustainably focused hamburger joint closed for renovations during the pandemic and reopened in November 2021 as an all-vegan restaurant. Though primarily vegan founder Erik Maier strongly believes in the plant-based approach, the company’s profits decreased, and Maier and team decided to compromise. So last weekend Yeah! Burger quietly went back to serving its original beef-, bison-, and poultry-based menu, with the addition of vegan offerings.
In South Atlanta, artist and activist Quianah Upton finds fertile ground for her “greenhouse eatery”
Quianah Upton knows her vision for Nourish Botanica is a little ambitious. To start, the place will do the things restaurants do—in this case, serve vegan food with Caribbean and Southern influences. Upton also envisions Nourish Botanica as a nursery that will sell plants while providing gardening education; the herbs and flowers grown on site, meanwhile, will be used at Botanica Bar, where they’ll go into juices, teas, and zero-proof cocktails.
An organic, vegan grab-and-go spot is opening in Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall on December 3. LaRayia’s Bodega—a philanthropy-forward, Caribbean-inspired shop—first opened in Los Angeles in 2019.
The Howell Mill spot opened in 2010 and closed in April 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Founder Erik Maier and president Kelly Wallace Ruddell seized the opportunity to revamp the menu to better reflect their sustainable, eco-friendly vision.
Sophia Marchese and Reid Trapani have been hosting Happy Seed pop-ups for the past couple of years, primarily at A Mano and Buena Vida in Old Fourth Ward. After garnering quite a following, the duo have signed a lease for their first brick-and-mortar, a full-service vegan restaurant called La Semilla, slated to open in March 2022.
Expect vegan takes on chorizo, chicken, barbacoa beef, and even a hibiscus taco.
Touted as Atlanta’s first plant-based vegan barbecue joint, Grass VBQ serves Nashville hot “chic'n,” smoked “veef brisket,” and “lobstah.”
Chef Zeb Stevenson says this is "the single most requested recipe" at Redbird, his popular Westside Provisions District restaurant that opened last summer. "I don't know if it's because it's vegan, or because it's uber-flexible, or because it's just plain delicious, but guests request it all the time."