Get ready, Los Angeles: Tabitha Brown opens her first restaurant
Vegan TikTok star Tabitha Brown opens her first plant-based restaurant. The actress, social media influencer, and bestselling author is bringing Chicago-based Kale My Name – a vegan restaurant and bar – to the Los Angeles area. While an opening date has not yet been announced, Kale My Name will open on Ventura Boulevard in Encino, CA, about 20 miles from Los Angeles.
The original Kale My Name in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago first opened in the spring of 2020 amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The plant-based restaurant and bar specializes in globally inspired dishes such as empanadas filled with potatoes and vegetables; Italian-inspired seitan wraps (with mushrooms, kale, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic aioli); and traditional Balkans ajvar (a sweet spread made from roasted peppers, eggplant, and sea salt); in addition to a variety of tacos, burgers, smoothies, brunch items and cocktails. “Kale is a powerful one […] Superfood. When we designed the menu, we kept replacing ingredients like lettuce and spinach with kale because we were obsessed, ”said restaurant owner Nemanja Golubovic earlier told Block Club Chicago.
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Golubovic and Brown first connected earlier this year. While in Chicago, the actress shot Showtime’s The chiWhile looking for a vegan spot in town, she came across Kale My Name on Instagram. “I don’t live in Chicago. As much as I love Chicago, I needed Kale My Name on a regular basis, ”Brown teased her Video announcement. “I thought, ‘What if I talk to the owner and say maybe we should do a Kale My Name LA.'”
Ahead of its grand opening, Kale My Name will make its Los Angeles debut at the Vegandale Food Festival on October 23, where a selection of its menus will be previewed.
Tabitha Brown: From the TikTok star to the opening of a vegan restaurant
Brown is a social media superstar with millions of followers on multiple platforms, including TikTok, where she shared a vegan carrot and bacon recipe that went viral instantly last year. Kale My Name is Brown’s first foray into the vegan restaurant world, and she’s already teasing that this won’t be her last.
“This will be my first dining experience, something I never thought I could. [I have] a great partner and restaurant that I love and believe in here in California. I won’t stop here. That’s what my mind says, ‘Tab, this is the first but not the last,’ ”Brown said.
In her unmistakable manner, Brown left the fans with an inspiring message after her announcement: “If you have an idea, a dream or a thought, darling, do something with it.”
Tabitha Brown takes over the world
Brown, who first went vegan in 2017, gained popularity after sharing a now viral video showing her a vegan TTLA sandwich – made with tempeh bacon, tomato, lettuce, and avocado – from the Whole Foods Market between the Shared rides for Uber. Since then, Brown has had a prominent presence on social media platforms, sharing vegan off-the-shelf recipes and wise advice. Before joining the cast of The chi During season four, Brown starred in two seasons of her own show, All the best, on the Ellen Network and received a NAACP Image Award.
Over the past year, the multiple hyphen has excelled in almost everything. After Brown voted for the Calm app earlier this year, it worked with McCormick on the limited-time Sunshine All Purpose Seasoning (which was so popular it generated its own resale market) and recently became one New York Times Best-selling author with her self-help book Feed the soul (because it’s my business).
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