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It’s no longer about vegans: 8 up-and-coming plant-based restaurant concepts

The meat-free niche keeps growing as trend evolves

Only a decade ago, vegetarian and vegan restaurants were unique dining categories that catered toward a specific — and somewhat limited — clientele. Today’s consumer, however, is trying to eat less meat, though they might not consider themselves vegan or vegetarian.

To meet that demand, plant-based proteins have evolved. With the rise of meatless burgers from Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, restaurant sales of meat-alternative products jumped 268% from 2018 to 2019, according to data from group purchasing organization the Dining Alliance. Now, plant-based restaurants have expanded their formerly narrow customer reach to include omnivorous eaters who are vegan curious.

And the plant-based space is growing ever more crowded. Here are eight new and expanding plant-based restaurants to watch, from meat-free burger joints to a vegan food hall.

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