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Exitof99
01-25-2004, 11:31 PM
Excuse the association, but you get an instant impression from the title.

First off, I hate McDonald's entirely. Now with that said, I've been dreaming of the day that I open a veggie/vegan fast food chain that destroys all the horrible 'restaurants' that serve processed fats with meat flavor. (Do they lace the lettuce in the McSalad's with beef extract?)

Honestly, I haven't the capital (I'm relatively poor) to build a mega food empire, but I sure would hope someone is thinking the same as me. Apparently, there is a vegan caribbean place in Brooklyn, NY, built in a former White Castle, called Veggie Castle (http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/food/topfive/n_8683/).

Also, I recieved a great article (http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/16393.htm) about the negative health effects of McDonalds (feels dirty to say that word.)

Anyone have some extra thousands of dollars to start this chain? A group effort?

Exit!

straberrye
01-26-2004, 12:51 AM
thier is a vege fast food place in the food court in the middle of manchester. however i think that it is no more vegan than mc donalds even the salad has chesse in chips are nice thogh (they are chunky)

jenzie
01-26-2004, 01:20 AM
Oh man, I can't remember the name of it right now (I think Dandy might know??), but there's a vegan hamburger chain around, that I believe started in Hawaii (?)... there are only a couple locations so far, though.

There's also a 'fast food' vegan wrap place called Eatopia (http://www.eatopiaexpress.com/mainframe.html). (See also: Eatopia Restaurant Profile (http://entertainment.signonsandiego.com/profile/252283).) I think the only location at this point is in San Diego, but I know they're trying to franchise out. (Oh, how I miss Eatopia!! So yummy! *drools*)

Oh, and Vegan Action (http://vegan.org/index.html) has a McVegan (http://vegan.org/campaigns/mcvegan/) campaign! :D

Adams
01-26-2004, 06:51 AM
We actually have a restaurant here called "Vegetarian Fast Food." Most (like 80%) of their menu is vegan! :D I probably go there once a week. It's one of my big comfort zones around the city. The owner is really nice to me too. :cool:

fayking
01-26-2004, 11:53 AM
there is a very yummy veg*n fast food place here in nottingham (uk) called V1. most of their stuff is vegan, except for cheese but you can get vegan cheese instead! they even do cakes, flavoured milk, icecream, cheezy chips, organic meals and herbal teas.

i eat there far too often...always the bad stuff too! but they do healthy food aswell but i can't help the cheezy chip cravings!

iamtheqbu
01-26-2004, 12:04 PM
Originally posted by jenzie
Oh man, I can't remember the name of it right now (I think Dandy might know??), but there's a vegan hamburger chain around, that I believe started in Hawaii (?)... there are only a couple locations so far, though.


OMG, I know what you're talking about! What it it called!? *hits self on head* I can't remember!! This is going to bother me ALL DAY! ;)

Emiloid
01-26-2004, 12:08 PM
Originally posted by jenzie
Oh man, I can't remember the name of it right now (I think Dandy might know??), but there's a vegan hamburger chain around, that I believe started in Hawaii (?)... there are only a couple locations so far, though.


Mr Goodburger's! (http://www.mrgoodburgers.com/)

They sell/support franschises, but you still need a lot of money. :( The franschise fees are $25,000 (I don't know if that's per year or a one-time cost), and they estimate $125,000-$195,000 in other start-up costs. You could probably reduce that a bit by leasing an already-equipped restaurant.

On the other hand, I think these expenses are about the same as they would be for any other restaurant. Maybe even less. A very small cafe or food cart would probably be cheaper.

Emiloid
01-26-2004, 12:14 PM
Oh yeah, I don't have thousands of dollars, but I'd be willing to invest some money in your venture, Exitof99. It's a dream of mine, as well, to open such a restaurant. I'm also interested in a small cafe or sandwich shop type of place. Basically the same idea, though: to serve tasty, inexpensive vegan food.

Also, Mr. Goodburger's might not be entirely vegan. Their website doesn't specify. They're at least mostly vegan, though.

Emiloid
01-26-2004, 12:26 PM
One more thing... if anyone is ever in Santa Cruz, CA, you might want to check out Dharma's Restaurant (http://www.dharmaland.com/restaurant/). It's a mostly-vegan fast-food-style restaurant, and they used to be called "McDharma's" until they got sued by McDonalds. I don't know what's up with their website--are they trying to get sued by Disneyland now?!?

Sadly, I've never gone to Dharma's, even though I lived in SC for a while. :blush: I fully plan to go next time I'm in town!

Velvet Lamb
01-26-2004, 01:01 PM
Originally posted by Adams
We actually have a restaurant here called "Vegetarian Fast Food." Most (like 80%) of their menu is vegan! :D I probably go there once a week. It's one of my big comfort zones around the city. The owner is really nice to me too. :cool:
wait! Is this in Ottawa or Waterloo??
Thrust and I have been to O-Town and never been to such a place. And we asked around of the best places to go. So this makes me scratch my head..... Waterloo has such a place!!?? Crazy.
Where this place be at yo?

Adams
01-26-2004, 03:22 PM
Originally posted by Velvet Lamb
wait! Is this in Ottawa or Waterloo??
Thrust and I have been to O-Town and never been to such a place. And we asked around of the best places to go. So this makes me scratch my head..... Waterloo has such a place!!?? Crazy.
Where this place be at yo? This place is in Waterloo. I saw your Ottawa post months after you made it. Sorry! :( Ottawa has quite a few hidden jems, but this one belongs to the KW! :D

Beanqueen
01-27-2004, 08:43 AM
there is a company in the uk called redveg. yummy veg/ vegan fast food.