A relatively new restaurant that has successfully got people excited about vegan food has opened its doors – at least for now.
Due to financial problems, the owners of the House of Vegan restaurant in Midtown Harrisburg have temporarily closed their business.
"We are very sad to have to close, but it is necessary," said Stefan Hawkins, who owns the restaurant with his partner Laquana Barber, in a text message. "We would like to thank everyone who supported us and who have been here since day one."
In a press release on Tuesday, Hawkins said House of Vegans might look elsewhere if they could raise enough money through a crowdfunding campaign from GoFundMe to get back up and running.
On January 24th, he created the GoFundMe page in hopes of getting enough to reopen and install a grill. By Tuesday it had received $ 2,400.
The House of Vegans opened at N. 3rd St. 1426 in July 2020 and stated that it was the first black-owned vegan restaurant in town. They specialized in vegan soul food – dairy-free mac and cheese, yams, soy drumsticks and their popular meat-free “slap burger”.
Hawkins said they signed their lease before the COVID-19 pandemic but opened it during the contract. Like many other companies, he said it took a toll on House of Vegans. According to Hawkins, business fell 70% from November to January, making it difficult to order products, pay bills, and pay employees.
However, Hawkins only recently opened the Good Brotha & # 39; s Book Café across from the restaurant. The café focuses on African American literature and art. He said the cafe may have some select House of Vegans groceries.
"We want to continue providing our customers with a great vegan dining experience," said Hawkins.
You can find more information about House of Vegans on the Facebook page.
Learn more from Stefan Hawkins in the upcoming February episode of TheBurg Podcast, available this Friday, February 12th. It's an in-depth conversation about the motivation and ups and downs of becoming a black-owned business owner.
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