Today, acclaimed vegan chef Matthew Kenney will open his newest concept, a three-in-one restaurant, in Los Angeles, CA. The MKTK concept will operate out of the test kitchen at his Plant Food + Wine restaurant and offer customers a preview of future brick-and-mortar restaurants by featuring three distinct menus from which they can order takeout or delivery. At burger shop mKburger, guests can choose from a selection of burgers, fries, and vegan chicken nuggets, along with salads and brownies. At Latin America-inspired concept Oleada Cocina (which will open in both New York and Los Angeles), the menu features familiar burritos and tacos, along with ceviche and cocktails. Finally, La-Zen is inspired by Chinese cuisine and will feature both vegan takes on traditional Chinese dishes and contemporary creations. The timely concept fits well with Los Angeles’ recent retraction of outdoor dining due to increased COVID-19 cases and will be in operation until Plant Food + Wine can reintroduce sit-down dining.
Locally, Kenney owns several additional businesses including vegan deli and store New Deli, pizzeria Double Zero, and newly opened pasta bar Sestina. Outside of Los Angeles, Kenney operates a variety of vegan concepts under his MKC brand worldwide, including an all-vegan food hall in Providence, RI, Alibi inside the Ovolo Hotel in Australia, and SUTRA—a rooftop restaurant he opened in New York City last month. Last year, Kenney helped 150-year-old French pâtisserie chain Ladurée transform its Beverly Hills location into an all-vegan restaurant and bakery and is working with the brand to introduce vegan pastry options to its locations worldwide.