Pay-What-You-Wish Vegan Brunch Debuts in Brooklyn

21-year-old entrepreneur Francesca Cheney opened Sol Sips to bring affordable organic vegan food to Bushwick.


Vegan eatery Sol Sips opened last month with the mission of providing affordable, locally sourced, and healthy plant-based meals to lower income communities. Twenty-one-year-old student/owner Francesca Cheney partnered with her mother, a vegan nutritionist, to turn Sol Sips (a popular pop-up café) into a brick-and-mortar location in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Cheney expanded the Sol Sips menu beyond homebrewed “potions”—unique herbal tea mixtures and beverages offered at the pop-up—to include sandwiches, smoothies, and bowls. Brunch is served on the weekends and features chickpea omelettes, garbanzo bean pancakes, and turmeric-infused granola. “To balance costs, everything on our menu is only made with four ingredients or less,” Cheney told media outlet Grub Street. “So, it’s a minimalist approach because it’s simple food, but it’s also a budget approach.” A meal (which includes a beverage) ranges in price from $7-16, with a pay-what-you-wish sliding-scale model available on Saturdays. 

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