A former Chinese restaurant is preparing to take on a new life as the home of Brooklyn’s first vegan butcher shop. Monk’s Meats has been hawking its vegan protein alternatives around NYC for several years, and the owners have revealed their plans to open a brick-and-mortar storefront by the end of spring 2017. The well-known Smorgasburg stall will expand its offerings to include a variety of specialty vegan meats, cheeses, and other tasty treats. The vegan butcher shop will open largely due to a successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised $50,385 for the project.
Monk’s Meats is a Brooklyn-based veggie meat company founded by Chris Kim and Rebecca Lopez-Howes in 2010. Initially operating out of their home, the vegan butchers expanded to commercial operations in 2013 and the business has continued to grow. They produce a variety of vegan-friendly, protein-rich dishes based on seitan, a chewy meat alternative made from vital wheat gluten.
The vegan butcher shop will open its first public storefront at 477 Gates Ave., near Marcy Avenue, and Kim told DNAinfo that they are targeting a springtime grand opening. The shop, which will be called Monk’s Vegan Delicatessen and Kitchen, will reportedly offer a host of prepared foods, smoked seitan, and house-cured vegan sausages as well as made-fresh pickles, tofu, and vegan cheeses. All those items, and more, will be available for pick up or delivery, since the spot won’t have a dining area. But told DNAinfo that they may eventually open a second location to serve tasty, cruelty-free meals on the spot.
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