Merseyside vegan restaurant to open

A new vegan restaurant is opening this Autumn in Merseyside.

The new plant-based diner is looking to capitalise on the “massive appetite” for vegan products in the area as the vegan community of Merseyside grows.

Ann-Marie Owens is the founder of the business, called Phoenix, and also owns vintage boutique Phoenix Apparel. She looked at various venues for the eatery but ended up finding the perfect one opposite her own shop.

She said: “Our fairs have had an amazing response. I’m confident the restaurant will too. The vegan — or plant-based movement is one of the fastest growing movements on the planet. If you look at vegan fairs as research, this restaurant is much-needed. It is an option for everyone — not just vegans.”

Owens plans to make the restaurant unique. She explained: “It will be done out in an upcycled vintage style and the menus will change and offer authentic recipes from different types of traditional and world cuisines. I’m already talking with a few chefs who are really excited about it.”

“We’ve got a lot of work to do to redecorate it,” she added. “There’s a few walls to knock down and a few to build, lots of plastering, but the raw materials are all here.”

Customers will have the option of choosing from a variety of different meals, with traditional roast dinners alongside different world cuisines. For those who fancy a tipple, vegan wines and bottled beers will also be available.

The Merseyside restaurant is due to be open for business by October.

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