The mystery vegan cafe will be Vegan Commissary, 1703 S. 11th St.

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.

From meaty sandwiches to meatless delights
From meaty sandwiches to meatless delights

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.

So, why this location? “It was kind of driven by looking for a spot that could fit all criteria and the way it worked, we couldn’t be happier to be in this neighborhood,” Laurence said. “Everybody, neighbors, have been great.”
“This is also the prime area for our clientele. All the people we work with are in their 20s and live within five blocks of here.”

The website, which you can find here, is under development but you can sign up for a newsletter to keep up with progress.


6 thoughts on “The mystery vegan cafe will be Vegan Commissary, 1703 S. 11th St.

  • October 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I am thrilled to have a vegan restaurant opening in the neighborhood. I wish them the best of luck and plan on bringing my friends to check it out!

  • October 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Excellent!!!! This is pretty close to my house and I love affordable vegan!

  • October 18, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Welcome to EPX, Mr. Lawrence, after all this is where it’s HAPPENING! A long and successful life to your business!

  • October 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Exciting! We’ll definitely be checking it out!

  • October 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    This is very exciting. You just earned two regulars. Best of luck getting things started.

  • October 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Excited for this! Our neighborhood keep getting fabulous restaurants but most don’t even have one Vegan friendly dish that I could enjoy while my friends eat away. Can’t wait to support.

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