BBQ Chain Debuts First Vegan Option After 30 Years

East coast meat-centric chain Dinosaur launched its first vegan option, a Black and White Bowl loaded with rice, salad, beans, and a portobello mushroom on top.


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Chain restaurant Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will add its first vegan option after operating for 30 years as a meat-centric eatery. The new option will be a Black and White Bowl featuring rice, a salad tossed in vegan dressing, black beans, and is topped with a grilled portobello mushroom covered in the restaurant’s vegan barbeque sauce. “We’re just trying to reach out to more people,” Dinosaur’s marketing director Jason Ryan said. “Bowls are trending right now. And we wanted something on trend—and to move us forward.” The new vegan option will be introduced to the menu at seven out of the restaurants nine locations—spanning New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland—in the coming weeks. In an effort to modernize their menus, other traditionally meat-centric restaurants continue to add more plant-based options—including burger chain Bareburger, which recently added the vegan Impossible Burger patty to its menu.

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