Black-Owned Restaurant Trap Vegan Opens in Detroit, Sells Out First Day
The Black-owned, vegan fast-casual restaurant opened mid-November in the Green Acres neighborhood of Detroit.
In an area where there aren’t many vegan restaurants, Trap Vegan has already been a welcome addition to the neighborhood after opening in Detroit earlier this month. So welcome, in fact, that they sold out of everything on their first day!
Fast-Casual Vegan Restaurant in Detroit
Trap Vegan is located at 20198 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221 and is currently open from 11am-8pm Monday through Saturday. The fast-casual vegan restaurant features a menu of vegan burgers, smoothies, acai bowls, and a variety of appetizers, including loaded nachos and fried cauliflower wings.
A crowd favorite so far is the Soul Survivor burger, which comes with Pepper Jack cheese, grilled mushrooms, caramelized onions, house-made Trap Sauce, and all the burger fixings on a Brioche bun. And far from offering simple and basic smoothies, Trap Vegan boasts such options as the Apple Pie Smoothie (made with dates, green apple, and frozen bananas) and the BLM Bowl (made with activated charcoal, acai, and strawberries). All smoothies and bowls can be jazzed up with herbs and vitamins such as B12, ashwagandha, and blue spirulina.
Black-Owned Business in Green Acres, Detroit
The name Trap Vegan is inspired by owner Jasmine Raiford’s efforts to share her plant-based cooking with her friends and family members—an effort that was largely met with resistance. Instead, she began sharing her vegan food with them without telling them it was vegan! They would almost always like the food, and Raiford began calling this the “vegan trap.” Hence, Trap Vegan was born!
When searching for a location, Raiford looked for a place that would be easily accessible to the local Black community, hoping to bring healthy options to areas where people would benefit most from it most. She landed on Livernois Avenue in the neighborhood of Green Acres, where Black-owned businesses have always lived and thrived.
Photo credit: Trap Vegan
Cayla has been writing for VegOut since 2020 and has been plugged into the LA vegan food scene since Veggie Grill was pretty much the only vegan restaurant in the city. Aside from writing articles, Cayla enjoys embracing their inner 85-year-old by listening to classical music, making playlists for their friends, and staying active through swimming, hiking, cycling, and yoga. In their free time, Cayla likes writing poetry, learning about outdoor survival and alternative lifestyles, and is always searching for the best loaf of sourdough bread.
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