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Upscale Canadian Vegan Eatery Lands in Miami

Toronto's cruelty-free eatery Planta will debut in Miami with a vegan sushi bar, cold-pressed juice cocktails, and more.

Toronto’s vegan upscale eatery Planta will open its first United States location in Miami in early 2018. The new restaurant will open in partnership with Miami restaurateur David Grutman and feature a vegan sushi bar, cocktails made with cold-pressed juices, and a menu of inventive plant-based dishes. “I want people to enjoy and not think that because they're eating plant-based they're sacrificing [anything],” Grutman told local media outlet Miami New Times. “Planta is for everybody.” In 2016, Chase Hospitality Group (CHG)—the restaurant's parent company—made a commitment to restructure its meat-serving restaurants to offer 25-percent more vegan options and opened its flagship Planta restaurant last September. Since last year, CHG has expanded the Planta concept to include fast-casual offshoot Planta Burger, which opened this fall in the place of shuttered seafood restaurant Little Fin in Toronto. The Miami-based Planta will debut its menu—prepared by chef David Lee—during a dinner hosted by vegan chef/author Chloe Coscarelli at the upcoming South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

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IKEA Debuts Plant-Based Hot Dogs

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