Reading Time: < 1 minute The restaurant opens for patio dining and take out on July 25 (Photos: Supplied. Edited by PBN)
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Toronto-based vegan eatery La Bartola has opened its doors to the public despite setbacks caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The LGBT-owned company, which specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine, has made all of its packaging compostable and features a vegan leather couch made from cacti.

‘Stay true to my dreams’

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, Chef Ivan Castro said: “It was difficult to navigate launching a new restaurant in these uncertain times, but I knew that I had to stay true to my dreams and make La Bartola a reality.

“So here we are, days away from opening! There is a lot of work to do, but I have never been more excited.”

Vegan food

La Bartola originated as a pop-up taco shop last summer – where it toured several outdoor festivals and sold ‘thousands’ of vegan dishes.

The eatery uses ingredients including braised hibiscus flowers, smoked banana blossoms, and jackfruit to replicate taco meat – and offers a range of dishes such as traditional guacamole, fresh salsas, and homemade tortillas – as well cocktails.

La Bartola will open for patio dining and take out on July 25 and is located on 588 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.