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This Week in Vegan News: MANEATINGPLANT Opens Brick & Mortar, Rachael Ray Partners with Vegan Meat Brand, and More

LA's popular food truck secures a food stall at shopping mall, celeb chef joins Meati's Culinary Collective, and other top news.



LA's popular food truck secures a food stall at shopping mall, celeb chef joins Meati's Culinary Collective, and other top news.

Yoga-urt Offers Franchising Opportunities in California

The LA-based vegan soft-serve shop is offering franchise opportunities for those looking to open a store of their own in California! As one of the original vegan dessert shops in LA, Yoga-urt already has three successful locations in Echo Park, Glendale, and Santa Monica. All of the shop’s scratch-made soft serve flavors are gluten-free, soy-free, and free from artificial sweeteners and preservatives.

Yoga-urt milkshakes on table

Yoga-urt Milkshakes Photo by Sydney Yorkshire

Niku Nashi Sushi Expands Lunch Menu, Opens Patio

The vegan Japanese restaurant has expanded its menu and opened a new outdoor patio. Niku Nashi first launched earlier this year as a concept inside APB—a vegan cocktail bar on Melrose in Fairfax. Last week, Niku Nashi debuted its own patio and has made its new, expanded menu available for pickup and delivery with major platforms such as Doordash and Uber Eats. The new menu includes personal-sized Bento boxes, a full vegan sushi menu, and catering trays for 10-600 people.

Multiple vegan sushi options from Niku Nashi Sushi

Niku Nashi Sushi Photo by Roma Bhatt

MANEATINGPLANT Opens First Location at Westfield Topanga Mall

If you’ve spent any time in the LA vegan pop-up food scene over the past few years, you’ll know that MANEATINGPLANT is one of the best vegan food trucks in the game. They’ll be bringing their famed fried shroom bao, garlic noodles, and musubi to Topanga Social—the new food hall at Westfield Topanga Mall. MANEATINGPLANT will be the only fully vegan restaurant in the 27-restaurant food hall, though several other restaurants will carry vegan options. And don’t worry, MANEATINGPLANT will still be popping up at events around LA, including Smorgasburg and Cruel World Festival.



Rachael Ray Partners with Vegan Protein Brand

Meati—a plant-based protein brand that utilizes mushroom roots in its products—announced this week a partnership with celebrity chef Rachael Ray. Ray is helping the brand raise awareness for its protein-packed vegan meats. So far, Ray has provided several recipes and cooking tips that feature Meati’s vegan chicken cutlets and steak cutlets, which you can find on Meati.com.

Rachel Ray smiling on couch

Rachel Ray Photo by Jeff Lipinsky

Fort Worth, Texas Is Getting a Vegan Fine-Dining Restaurant

On June 1, Maiden: Fine Plants & Spirits will be opening its doors in Fort Worth, Texas. Maiden is an upscale, vegan fine-dining experience offering an 8-course tasting menu. Tickets are $150 per person and include 8 curated vegan dishes with the option to pair the meals with a curated wine selection, various cocktails, or zero-proof mocktails. Not interested in the full tasting experience? Maiden’s bar and outdoor lounge are available for first come, first served seating to enjoy wine, cocktails, and small plates such as a vegan cheese board.

Maiden Fine Plants & Spirits

Courtesy of Maiden Fine Plants & Spirits

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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