News

NYC Restaurateur to Convert 15 Bars and Restaurants to Vegan

Ravi DeRossi unveils his roadmap to turn his New York City holdings into a vegan empire.

Serial New York restaurateur Ravi DeRossi revealed to Eater this week his plan to eliminate animal products from as many of his 15 bars and restaurants as possible, which include the popular cheese-centric Bourgeois Pig. This Valentine’s Day, DeRossi will begin the transformation of his holdings by eliminating animal products at tiki-bar Mother of Pearl and replacing its current menu with Polynesian-inspired vegan dishes such as apple and oyster mushroom skewers, green mango poke, and rum fried rice. In May, he plans to shut down his most popular restaurant, Bourgeois Pig, to reopen it a month later as vegan tapas eatery LadyBird. Most exciting of all, DeRossi plans to expand his upscale Manhattan vegan restaurant Avant Garden to a central Williamsburg, Brooklyn location where he will turn an undisclosed building on Manhattan Avenue into a veritable vegan mecca. The project will feature several distinct spaces (namely the Avant Garden bistro), tasting table, vegan butcher shop, and fast-casual underground sandwich shop. “I'm more worried about my conscience and living without the weight on my shoulder of the damage I'm doing, and the suffering of animals,” DeRossi—a long-time vegan who until now has found success in operating non-vegan restaurants—said.

More News

Punk Rock Drummer Rolls Out Vegan Food Truck

David Witte from thrash band Municipal Waste will be serving vegan cheese-slathered chimichangas streetside in Richmond, VA.
Read More »

Vegan Cinnamon Roll Shop to Open in Pennsylvania

Cruelty-free bakery Cinnaholic will bring its DIY cinnamon rolls to Lancaster county in July.
Read More »

Target Pulls Hampton Creek Off Shelves

The retail giant disabled registers to discourage shoppers from purchasing the company's vegan condiment Just Mayo, and 19 other products.
Read More »

Vegan Brand Named First Zero-Waste Facility of Its Kind

Earth Island—the production facility for iconic vegan brand Follow Your Heart—becomes the first plant-based manufacturer in the nation to receive Gold Level Zero-Waste certification.
Read More »

Impossible Burger Debuts at 11 Burger Bars in Texas

Burger chain Hopdoddy adds the popular plant-based patty to its menus in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and more.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »