Plant-based eating is no longer the fringe trend it once was. In the very recent past, finding a decent vegan option at a restaurant was a nightmare; does anyone else have vivid memories of being forced to choose between ordering an undressed iceberg lettuce salad with red onions and whole cherry tomatoes, or starving? Luckily, times are different now and plant-based foods are on more people’s radar than ever. Not only have several local and national burger chains picked up the vegan Impossible Burger, also known as “the burger that bleeds,” but major news outlets are giving the burger glowing reviews.
The good news doesn’t end there. Veggie Grill, an all-vegan, fast-casual restaurant chain based on the West Coast, has a nationwide expansion in the works. Happily, East Coasters aren’t left out of the fast-casual vegan restaurant experience, thanks to By CHLOE, a rapidly expanding chain that serves plant-based burgers, treats, and more. And get this: the primary customer base for these restaurants aren’t vegans or vegetarians: they’re flexitarians, or people who frequently choose to leave meat and dairy off their plates. A recent study even revealed that nearly 40 percent of Americans are choosing to avoid meat entirely when eating out at restaurants, a factor that has no doubt played a part in the rise of plant-based food in the United States.
The U.S. isn’t the only country that is beginning to favor vegan food. Australia is the third-fastest growing vegan market in the world. Not only has the market for vegan products grown rapidly in recent years in Australia, but the plant-based restaurant scene there is rising in popularity, too. Greenhouse Canteen & Bar, a restaurant located in Miami on Australia’s Gold Coast, is an example. Its menu features small plates such as Buffalo cauliflower wings and chickpea fries and meals like vegan meatball subs and socca pizza topped with local produce.
Nathalie Evans, the 27-year-old owner of Greenhouse Canteen & Bar, told local news source Gold Coast Bulletin, “The aim is to have Greenhouse Canteen & Bar in every capital city nationally,” starting with their first Australian franchise location, which is set to open in September. She also told the Bulletin that franchising has always been a dream of hers and she aims for her brand to become iconic in the world of plant-based dining.
“I’d like people to think Greenhouse Canteen & Bar when they think veganism or vegan food,” Evans told Bulletin.
Come September, Greenhouse Canteen & Bar will be the first all-vegan franchise in Australia. But if you can’t make it to the opening, you can still recreate their menu items. Just try these plant-based BBQ Bowl, this dairy-free Zucchini Pesto Pasta, or these Pulled Jackfruit Carnitas as an option for their pulled jackfruit enchiladas. For even more recipes, we highly recommend checking out Food Monster app, a food app available for both Android and iPhone. The app has over 8,000+ vegan recipes with 10+ recipes added daily, so you’re going to find something you love. Give it a try!
Lead image source: Greenhouse Canteen & Bar/Facebook