On November 19, new vegan shop Lekka Burger will open in the Tribeca neighborhood in New York City. The new burger shop—founded by Amanda Cohen (owner of vegetarian fine-dining restaurant Dirt Candy) and South African-born humanitarian Andrea Kerzner—will focus on made-from-scratch veggie burgers inspired by global flavors. “There’s definitely room for the Impossible and Beyond burgers, but I wanted to make something that wasn’t a freezer case puck that got zapped in the microwave,” Cohen told Time Out. The eatery will also offer fries, vegan milkshakes, and soft serve, while acknowledging the non-Western history of eating plant-based meat alternatives. The interior will be adorned with bright, bold patterns and lighting fixtures will be made from recycled water bottles while stools will be wrapped with recycled T-shirts from Malawi. The Tribeca location will be the first of several Lekka Burger outposts, according to Kerzner. “The intention is with every location we open,” Kerzner said, “our impact in reducing the carbon footprint of the cattle and dairy industry increases.”  

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