First vegan fried chicken shop opens in US

Vegan food in the supermarket, vegan options in fast food outlets and restaurants. Eat Love is to open the first vegan fried chicken shop in the US next month.

The plant-based pop-up will open a brick-and-mortar storefront in Orange County, California.

Eat Love sells seitan fried chicken and other plant-based vegan comfort food. Macaroni cheese, coleslaw, desserts, and ice cream are also all on the menu.

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Eat Love on Instagram announced: “After what seems to be a lifetime of hard work and determination, we are proud to announce that our brick and mortar is coming to Fountain Valley!”

“From selling cookies at farmers markets, to starting a food truck to now shipping nationwide, we are so grateful for our fans and supporters who have allowed us to turn our dream into reality, spreading the vegan movement the best way we know how.”

As a pop-up, Eat Love has sold its signature vegan “chik’n” from food trucks, at fairs, and markets. Since August, the company has also shipped food to customers nationwide.

Eat Love was founded by Lynn Torres and her husband Enrique after he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. According to the company website, adopting a plant-based diet in 2015 allowed Enrique to “reverse his diagnoses.”

There are several independent plant-based restaurants in the UK that serve vegan chicken, including the Temple of Seitan in London. Happy Friday Kitchen in Oxford and V-Rev in Manchester serve seitan-based fried chicken and soul food.

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