If the phrase ‘vegan fast food chain’ makes your head spin, let our neighbors to the north introduce you. With more than 30 locations in Canada, Copper Branch is definitely one of the more well-known vegan chains in the world. And come November, they are opening their first US outpost in New York City.
EAT YOUR VEGGIES
While New York isn’t exactly hurting for vegan options, we’re still pumped for this 195 Bleecker St. addition. For lunch, you can snag a create-your-own power bowl, or pick one from the menu, like the Mediterranio, Asian Fusion, Aztec, or Aristotle — they’re all packed with veggies, grains, nuts, and seeds.
Prefer a burger to a bowl? There are four different kinds of veggie burgers to choose from, and they can all be served on a kamut bun, GF bun, collard green wrap, or organic spelt wrap. Plus, they’ve also got sandwiches, soups, and surprising sides (looking at you, spicy buffalo “wings”). There’s even a vegan kids’ meal: a vegan grilled cheese served with oven-baked fries, carrots, broccoli, and organic ketchup.
If you’re more of a breakfast person, the all-day smoothies, avo toast, and egg scrambles might be up your alley. And with breakfast comes coffee. Thankfully, they’re not skimping on the drink game. Copper Branch’s extensive beverage menu includes coffees, teas, bottles juices, and kombucha.
Founder and CEO Rio Infantino opened Copper Branch after spending years in the fast food industry. He was tired of serving unhealthy food and wanted to make healthy eating more accessible to the masses. Enter: Copper Branch. The menu’s plant-based foods use natural, fresh ingredients; chefs avoid using GMOs or frying foods.
And while NYC is the restaurant’s first international joint, they’ve got big plans for expansion. The restaurant’s goal: opening 80 more restaurants worldwide by 2019, and 150 more by 2020. Go big or go home, right?
The restaurant is set to open in early November. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more updates!