Sin City, formally known as Las Vegas, has seen a 400 per cent increase in vegan restaurants since 2016, and is now seen as a hotbed for vegan food. Vegas joins other major cities around the world, such as New York, London and Sydney, to meet consumer demand by opening up the offering for more vegan options.
Vegas is well known for cheap, convenient food outlets, such as the Heart Attack Grill, in a bid to attract tourists with whimsical themes and menus, yet now, the gambling town is booming with vegan options.
Vegas is now home to 20 vegan restaurants, which offer a wide range of outlets that have vegan-friendly options on their menus, including casinos and hotels. This rise vegan restaurants correlates with the ten-fold spike in vegan food sales, which was reported by Mintel.
Diana Edelman, founder of vegan blog, Vegan, Baby, has shares resources with businesses and residents looking to embrace vegan food. In 2016, Edelman has reported that there were only five vegan restaurants in Vegas: Violette’s Vegan Organic Juice Bar & Café, Go Vegan, Simply Pure, VegeNation, and Go Raw. Edelman has proven to be a fundamental factor which has helped Vegas’s growth.
Kelly Bennett, creative director and co-owner of VegeNation describes Vegans, Baby, as a “game-changing resource,” which has had a considerable impact on the local and global community. “Her work has made eating vegan more mainstream and the movement is growing daily,” says Bennett.
Josh Molina, founder of restaurant Makers & Finders commented: “Vegans, Baby has been instrumental to the growth of the Las Vegas vegan scene. As a restaurant owner that previously did not offer vegan options, Diana opened the door to that market by guiding us in creating vegan dishes that still represented our brand but were healthy and plant-based.”