This story has been updated.*
HYDE PARK — Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat, a vegan and vegetarian spot specializing in plant-based comfort food, opened in Hyde Park this weekend.
The restaurant, at 1368-½ E. 53rd St. in Hyde Park, aims to please serious vegans and meat-eaters alike, with burgers, hot dogs and Philly cheesesteaks made with soy and other plant-based proteins.
Owned by his vegetarian sister Laricia Chandler, restaurateur Rico Nance said the focus on American staples could help locals realize that a plant-based diet isn’t so scary.
“We wanted to encourage transitioning into healthy eating by creating healthier versions of your favorite comfort foods and providing knowledge about plant-based alternatives,” Nance said.
Other veggiefied offerings include “chicken” and waffles, lasagna, and a vegan chicken leg with mild sauce, which may remind diners of a certain popular local chain.
The restaurant will also offer shakes, smoothies and homemade lemonade. Prices range from $7-$16.
The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, noon-6 p.m. on Fridays with special Saturday hours 6 p.m.-midnight in observation of the Sabbath.
*Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the restaurant was owned by Rico Nance. Nance’s sister Laricia Chandler is the actual owner of Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat.
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