Reading Time: 2 minutes The first SpiceBox outlet in Walthamstow, east London (Photo: SpiceBox)
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The founder of a vegan curry house has revealed her plans to turn the eatery into a nationwide chain.

SpiceBox, founded by Grace Regan, is the UK’s first vegan curry house brand, serving modern plant-based alternatives to classic dishes including Jackfruit Jalfrezi, ‘Shroom Keema and ‘Chick’ n’ Tikka Masala.

There is currently one outlet in Walthamstow, which has been hugely popular since it opened in January 2019. Now Regan says she is ‘on a mission to become the UK’s leading curry house brand, with curry houses on high streets up and down the UK’.

Crowdfunder

The entrepreneur has decided to raise the funds to open a second branch via crowdfunding.

The campaign, on Seedrs, has a target of raising £300,000 to open its second curry house in a town close to Walthamstow but most likely outside the M25.

‘Dining options with soul’

Founder and CEO, Grace Regan told Plant Based News: “We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our crowdfunding campaign. Feeding and nurturing local communities is an integral part of SpiceBox, and so it makes sense to open this investment round up to our guests and followers.

“After years of generic brands dominating high streets across the UK, we’re finally seeing a market adjustment. Diners are demanding tastier food, warmer service, and local dining options with soul. That’s where SpiceBox comes in. The recent closure of some brands has opened up a huge opportunity for younger, more dynamic challengers. There’s never been a better time to be a small restaurant brand!

“London is a very crowded market, and the rents are ridiculously expensive. We see more opportunity on high streets in towns outside of London, and we’re passionate about breathing life back into the provincial UK high street. There’s no better way to do this than through the Great British curry house.”

You can find out more about the crowdfunding campaign here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.