LGBT-Owned Vegan Restaurant Opens Amid Coronavirus Crisis


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The restaurant opens for patio dining and take out on July 25 (Photos: Supplied. Edited by PBN) - Media Credit:

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

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