A new Harrisburg restaurant specializing in vegan soul food has temporarily closed due to a drop in business related to the coronavirus pandemic.
House of Vegans, which opened in July at 1426 N. Third St., suspended operations in early February with plans to possibly resume in the near future at a new location or food truck.
Owners Stefan Hawkins and LaQuana Barber said on a Facebook post business in the past two months had dropped by 60% as they felt the effects of COVID restrictions.
In the meantime, the restaurant started a crowdsourcing campaign on GoFundMe to raise funds to support a potential move, as well as cover the cost of a grill and assist employees who have been laid off. They hope to raise $30,000.
“We want to continue to provide our customers with a great vegan dining experience,” said Hawkins, who also owns Good Brotha’s Book Cafe in Harrisburg. “We are scouting out new locations to help with that.”
He added he’s not sure if the restaurant will return to its current location or a new address in the city. They said they signed a lease prior to the pandemic, and acknowledged, while in the beginning people lined up for the food, more recently they struggled with various pandemic-related restrictions.
House of Vegans specialized in vegan food, serving meat substitutes such as fried cauliflower, chick ‘n drums and BBQ jackfruit. Signature “Slap Burgers,” revved up versions of Beyond Burgers, sold on Sundays only and were grilled at the neighboring Two Brothers Pizzeria.