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Upton’s Breakroom and Liberation Donuts Merge, Start Incubator to Help Emerging Vegan Brands

Upton’s Naturals has merged its cafe and vegan donut shop to create a new vegan restaurant: Liberation Kitchen.

Liberation Kitchen

Liberation Kitchen

Upton’s Naturals has merged its cafe and vegan donut shop to create a new vegan restaurant: Liberation Kitchen.

If you’ve ever picked up some seitan from the grocery store, chances are you’ve heard of Upton’s Naturals! But the vegan alternative meat brand doesn’t just stock the shelves with awesome vegan products at your local store. Last month, Upton’s Naturals announced the merging of its two Chicago vegan concepts into one delicious comfort food restaurant.

Long-Standing Vegan Restaurant in Chicago

Upton’s Naturals has been a part of the Chicago vegan food scene for almost 20 years. In 2013, the brand opened its first restaurant, Upton’s Breakroom, in order to provide its warehouse employees with hot meals. The restaurant was a hit and has been a local Chicago favorite ever since. In 2020, the brand launched Liberation Donuts, a fully vegan donut shop.

Last month, Upton’s Naturals announced the merging of both its restaurants into one new concept: Liberation Kitchen. The new restaurant will combine the vegan comfort food from Upton’s Breakroom with the gourmet vegan donuts of Liberation Donuts.

The menu at Liberation Kitchen will feature familiar favorites such as bacon mac ‘n’ cheese, Chicago-style hot dogs, and nachos. Additionally, the dessert menu features oat milk soft-serve, donut sundaes, and milkshakes.

Liberation Kitchen is located at 2054 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612. Hours of operation are 11am-7:30pm every day. On weekends, the restaurant will open at 9am for donuts and drinks, with the full menu available at 11am.

Liberation Kitchen

Liberation Kitchen

Upton’s Naturals Starts Mentorship Program for Emerging Vegan Brands

Upton’s Naturals has been in the industry for a long time. This year, the company is looking to share what it’s learned and help emerging vegan brands. So, in addition to serving its own food at Liberation Kitchen, Upton’s Naturals will be featuring food from local vegan businesses each month.

First up for the month of September is local vegan sushi brand Snackie Chan Chicago. Customers will be able to pick up rotating grab-and-go sushi specials from Liberation Kitchen daily. In addition, hot items like bao and wontons can be pre-ordered for the entire month.

Check out Liberation Kitchen’s entirely vegan menu, and give them a follow on Instagram at @liberation.kitchen to view the menus for each guest vegan brand.

Cayla White


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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