Go to the main content Menu
Powerplant Superfood Cafe
News Los Angeles
Allie Mitchell Allie Mitchell Allie Mitchell

LA’s Beloved Powerplant Superfood Cafe Faces Permanent Closure

Owner Cynthia Moore hopes to find someone to take over or she’ll have to close the cafe for good.

After over seven years of business, LA’s beloved Powerplant Superfood Cafe faces permanent closure unless an investor, new owner, or restaurant group takes over. The difficult decision was made by the owner, Cynthia Moore, who hopes to pass the baton to another passionate plant-based foodie who will keep the integrity of the cafe.

Powerplant Superfood Cafe Has Become a Staple for Angelenos

Positioned on Pico Boulevard in Mid-City, Powerplant Superfood Cafe has become a staple for Angelenos of all diets and backgrounds. The cafe first opened in early 2014 with a 100% gluten-free menu that included a wide variety of vegan options. From salads, bowls, and sandwiches to fresh-pressed juices and hand-churned vegan ice cream, the restaurant became known for their health-forward dishes—each made with their secret ingredient, love. In 2020, Powerplant Superfood Cafe transitioned to a fully vegan menu, which was a long-term goal for owner Cynthia Moore. In 2021, Powerplant Superfood Cafe was named one of the 10 Best Vegan Coffee Shops in America as voted by VegOut readers.

“I briefly shut down Powerplant early in the pandemic. While the menu was always over 90% vegan, the few holdover items from the original menu that were non-vegan weighed heavy on me. That brief pause was the perfect opportunity to re-group and to purge the menu of any remaining non-vegan items. Moreover, it was a perfect opportunity for me to stand up in an unambiguous way for my own personal animal ethics,” shared Moore.

Powerplant Superfood Cafe

Powerplant Superfood Cafe Is Looking for an Investor, New Owner, or Restaurant Group

As passionate as Moore is about Powerplant Superfood Cafe, she expressed the need to take a step back for personal reasons and explore ways to keep the cafe open without being as involved in the day-to-day operations. Moore told VegOut, “I have a mother in Georgia who’s so dear to me and needs me. It’s so easy to allow busy days to churn by and to forget our commitment to family and, especially, to our elderly. Also, I’m a writer by trade and in my heart. I also spend a lot of my time in pit bull rescue. If this pandemic has done one good thing, it’s caused so many of us to slow down and to search our hearts, to rethink how we spend each precious day. My heart tells me that I’m ready to pass this baton. Powerplant is primed to surge. The brand is strong. It needs someone besides me to helm its future.”

Moore is currently looking for an investor, new owner, or restaurant group to take over the restaurant—similar to what she did with her previous cafe in Atlanta, The Flying Biscuit. Moore founded The Flying Biscuit with a group of friends back in the day and it has since franchised into 25 locations. She is no longer an owner but was heavily involved with what the brand is today. That’s what she hopes to do with Powerplant Superfood Cafe. The goal is to keep the same staff (some of whom have been there since day one) and maintain the integrity of Powerplant’s menu and mission of loving the community through food. Moore told us, “A tall order during a pandemic, perhaps, but, hey, when there’s enough love in the recipe, I’ve learned to expect a great outcome!”

To learn more, check out @powerplantla on Instagram.

Photo credit: Mid City Big Life

Allie Mitchell


Allie is a writer, musical theatre performer, yoga instructor, and walking vegan restaurant directory. On any given day, you can catch her making tofu scramble, scouring Trader Joe’s for new plant-based products, or watching The Lizzie McGuire Movie! Visit her website at alexandrammitchell.com.

Articles by Allie
Allie Mitchell

More from VegOut

See the article 11 lgbtq-owned vegan restaurants to support in la

11 LGBTQ-Owned Vegan Restaurants to Support in LA

From coffee shops and sit-down restaurants to a nightclub and dinner party pop-up, there are so many great Queer-owned businesses to check out!

Allie Mitchell Allie Mitchell
Black Forest Bakery
Food & Drink Los Angeles
See the article 5 ways to boost your mental well-being

5 Ways to Boost Your Mental Well-Being

Here are some tips to live your best, most balanced life!

Allie Mitchell Allie Mitchell
Sponsored Food & Drink
See the article cracker barrel adds vegan sausage to menu

Cracker Barrel Adds Vegan Sausage to Menu

Cracker Barrel adds its first plant-based meat option to the menu!

Alejandra Tolley Alejandra Tolley
Cracker Barrel
See the article new vegan butcher shop to open in long beach this year

New Vegan Butcher Shop to Open in Long Beach This Year

The Plant Butchers and Sugar Taco’s third location is coming to Long Beach!

Alejandra Tolley Alejandra Tolley
The Plant Butchers
News Los Angeles
See the article smashburger launches plant-based milkshakes

Smashburger Launches Plant-Based Milkshakes

Smashburger now offers six fully plant-based milkshakes at all locations!

Alejandra Tolley Alejandra Tolley
See the article the best store-bought overnight oats

The Best Store-Bought Overnight Oats

Looking for a quick and easy breakfast? These vegan overnight oats are the perfect option!

Anja Grommons Anja Grommons
Food & Drink
See the article lgbtq-owned vegan beauty brands to support now and always

LGBTQ-Owned Vegan Beauty Brands to Support Now and Always

Liven up your beauty routine with these LGBTQ-owned vegan beauty brands!

Alejandra Tolley Alejandra Tolley
One/Size Beauty
Fashion & Beauty
See the article peet’s coffee launches vegan boba tea

Peet’s Coffee Launches Vegan Boba Tea

Sip your way through the summer with these vibrant boba-inspired beverages!

Jared Cross Jared Cross
Peet's Coffee
See the article slutty vegan debuts new sneaker and bag collab with steve madden

Slutty Vegan Debuts New Sneaker and Bag Collab with Steve Madden

Step up your summer fashion with this PETA-certified vegan apparel!

Jared Cross Jared Cross
Slutty Vegan x Steve Madden
See the article plant power fast food launches value burger to compete with mcdonald’s

Plant Power Fast Food Launches Value Burger to Compete with McDonald’s

The vegan fast-food chain announces new low-priced menu items!

Alejandra Tolley Alejandra Tolley
Plant Power Fast Food
See the article stand-up burgers to open in culver city this week

Stand-Up Burgers to Open in Culver City This Week

We’ve got the details on Culver City’s newest vegan burger joint, including an interview with the CEO of Veggie Grill Inc., Jay Gentile.

Anja Grommons Anja Grommons
Stand-Up Burgers
News Los Angeles
See the article belse plant cuisine opens in nyc today

Belse Plant Cuisine Opens in NYC Today

Introducing the hottest new spot in The Big Apple!

Allie Mitchell Allie Mitchell
News New York


We’ll keep you updated on new information,
upcoming events, and the best deals in your area.

By signing up you agree to receive emails from VegOut Magazine
and accept our terms of use, privacy policy, and cookie policy.

Subscribe Now

Get the latest in plant-based news, entertainment, and lifestyle delivered straight to your door (or inbox!)
Order the magazine!


Subscribe Now

Order the magazine!



The Most



Test 2