A new vegan bar concept from the team behind Slutty Vegan is slated to open at foodhall Ponce City Market in Atlanta in 2021. According to Eater, Bar Vegan will serve beer, wine, liquor, along with fan-favorite food items from the Slutty Vegan menu. Slutty Vegan business manager Angel Barnwel described the new concept as having “a very traditional Slutty Vegan kind of feel, with a bar.”
Entrepreneur Pinky Cole first launched Slutty Vegan as a food truck in August 2018, selling provocatively named vegan burgers made with an Impossible Burger patty that is stacked with various toppings and slathered with a secret sauce. After the truck drew five-hour lines of more than 500 hungry guests waiting to be “sluttified,” Cole opened her first brick-and-mortar location in Atlanta in January 2018—attracting 1,200 customers on opening day. Slutty Vegan has attracted a slew of celebrity patrons since opening, including Lena Waithe, Shaquille O’Neal, Usher, and many others.
In July, Cole opened the second Slutty Vegan location in Jonesboro (a city right outside of Atlanta) where 1,000 customers were served on opening day. Last month, the newest location of Slutty Vegan opened in Atlanta’s Edgewood neighborhood—known as the childhood neighborhood of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—complete with a vegan market and expanded menu that includes vegan milkshakes and desserts. Cole is also plotting her first location outside of Georgia with an outpost scheduled to open in Birmingham, AL in the coming months.
When she’s not opening new restaurants in fast succession, Cole engages in philanthropic work through her organization, The Pinky Cole Foundation, which, among its many initiatives, has helped feed frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic; supported the children of Rayshard Brooks (a Black man killed by police in June); and helped Americans register to vote during this month’s election.