That mysterious vegan restaurant that we told you about a couple weeks ago will be called Vegan Commissary, and owner Steve Laurence is hoping to open before the holidays.
Laurence told us today that the cafe, which has the same name as his vegan wholesale business, has signed a deal to open at 1703 S. 11th St., the old location of the short-lived Lil Snuffs sandwich shop.
He said they’re planning dinner and weekend brunch at neighborhood-friendly prices – “nothing over $20.”
Chef Leigh Needham will be heading the kitchen, which will have a blackboard menu that changes according to “whatever is fresh that day.”
The restaurant will be BYO, but Laurence said a sommelier buddy is putting wine list together of good pairings you can buy at the state store. He’s also planning a vegan happy hour on Thursdays, in which they’ll provide mixers but you bring the booze. A sushi program is on tap for weekends.
Laurence, who worked for about four years, ironically, at steak-temple Barclay Prime, said the cafe will be an extension of his wholesale business, which will operate out of the same kitchen. That operation supplies vegan items to restaurants that are looking to broaden their clientele: sandwich fillings, breakfast scrambles, dressings, dips and spreads and anything else you can make out of vegetables. Clients include Sook Hee’s produce in the Comcast Center, Eat a Pita, the Last Drop, Good Karma Cafe and others.
“People [restaurant owners] are starting to realize vegan customers are very loyal. They keep coming back and they bring their friends.” he said.
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