Eleven-year-old vegan entrepreneur Omari McQueen recently announced the launch of his own restaurant, Dipalicious. McQueen—who is also the founder of a vegan dip company of the same name—will host his first restaurant pop-up in Croydon, United Kingdom from August 17 to 24. While the full menu has yet to be finalized, McQueen will offer dishes such as BBQ Jackfruit with Breadfruit Chips, Stew Broccoli with Rice and Peas, Pepper Fritters with Dipalicious dips, and more. “I wanted to open a restaurant to bring people together through food without harming animals,” McQueen told VegNews. McQueen created Dipalicious at eight years old after starting a YouTube channel where he filmed himself making a vegan pizza served with his own Caribbean Kick dip. Dipalicious offers a selection of vegan dips, snacks, juice packs, and seasonings. The young entrepreneur has received a number of accolades, including the TruLittle Hero Award for being an “entrepreneur hero” under 12 by Cause4Children Ltd. and PETA’s Compassionate Kids Award for using his entrepreneurial flair to help animals.
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