Saudi Arabia’s vegan Prince Khaled Alwaleed bin Talal will open an outpost of vegan chain Plant Power Fast Food in the Middle East by 2020—but as soon as next year, depending on his ability to secure a location. “We’ve just closed a deal to invest with them and take the rights to open up these fast-food joints in the region. It’s an amazing restaurant, and I couldn’t be happier with the partners,” Prince Khaled told local media outlet Arabian Business. “We see eye to eye, we have the same mission, and we have the same passion. It’s just a beautiful company and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.” Co-owner Zac Vouga opened the flagship location of Plant Power Fast Food in 2016 in San Diego, CA, and expanded the concept to a fourth location in Redlands, CA this summer. “It’s a restaurant that does plant-based hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, French fries, and milkshakes—and it’s absolutely killing it in the United States,” Prince Khaled said, before professing his admiration for the “Big Zac”—a vegan Big Mac copycat named after Vouga. The debut of Plant Power Fast Food is in line with Prince Khaled’s plans to open 10 vegan restaurants in the Middle East by 2020 to help fight the region’s growing obesity epidemic.
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