They don’t serve traditional vegan food Slutty Vegan BrooklynThe latest location of . pinky callThe popular vegan burger chain now offers sandwiches, appetizers, entrees and desserts that have delighted palates across the country, including those of stars like Tyler Perry and Viola Davis. Come experience plant-based nirvana and see for yourself at this vegan Gone Wild Eatery on the corner of Fulton Street and South Portland Avenue. Don’t be surprised if you join the “Slutty” revolution.
ESSENCE attended the grand opening and had the opportunity to speak with Cole and General Manager DeVaughn Clarke about what they bring to Brooklyn. Here’s what they had to say between the excitement of this weekend’s launch, which was quite the party.
essence: Welcome to New York, Pinky! You started Slutty Vegan as a food truck in Atlanta, but it’s grown into brick-and-mortar restaurants across Georgia, then Birmingham, and now New York. Why are you here?
Pinky Cole: Having previously owned Pinky’s Jamaican & American Restaurant in Harlem, I know the city well. New York has an essence like no other. We knew the Brooklyn community needed Slutty Vegan for the energy we could provide.We knew the right vibe in the heart of this borough would work. We put it together and now this is so crazy. I feel like the concert is finally starting!
What did the closing of the Harlem store that burned down in 2016 teach us?
Pinky: It taught me how to have tough, thick skin and how to understand that the end is never the end. like a New Yorker. New Yorkers are resilient and find solutions to their problems every day. Me too. I think they accept Slutty Vegan.
What are some good reasons for New Yorkers to try plant-based cuisine?
pinky: I can’t say if it’s vegan or non-vegan. But adding healthy options to your lifestyle can be a good thing, especially when it means getting off the beaten path and trying vegan comfort food.
What is the difference and goal of SV from other vegan restaurants?
Pinky: The element of surprise and Hip-Hop flavor! Slutty Vegan is like a rapper who goes on tour and releases albums here and there. This is how we approached the grand opening. It’s like setting a new record. This is how it is known. I’ve been called a ‘celebrity’ for having restaurants that little kids around the world can aspire to. Collaborating with beauty companies, writing cookbooks… disrupting and growing the industry.
What appetizers, appetizers, and desserts are recommended for first-timers?
Pinky: Pickle fries are great! Try the popular One Night Stand Sandwich. Vegan patty stuffed with vegan bacon, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, vegan hawaiian buns and slat sauce. For dessert, try the world-famous sweet potato pie.
What’s the wildest item on your menu? Your customers will love the funny name.
Pinky: Yes! Everything on my menu is wild! Sloppy Toppy™, Ménage a Trois™, Side Heaux™, Fussy Hussy™. The name sounds crazy but the food is amazing!
What drink or drink should the customer devour?
Pinky: We offer the best strawberry lemonade in Japan!
DeVaughn, what kind of vibe can people expect at this Brooklyn location?
Devourne: A true ‘Slutty’ experience like your first in Atlanta. Great customer service, big energy. Southern hospitality is here.
Eat in, take out, and what next?
Devourne: Everything is takeout and you can order delivery from the fast casual menu. We want this to be a true in-and-out experience, like the original SV on Ralph David Abernathy Blvd in Southwest Atlanta. In the next year, he will publish four more books. A second volume is coming to New York soon.
Do you have plans to work with the local community, like you did in Atlanta?
Pinky: I know what the problem is and want to help. In Atlanta, she offered life insurance to a black man whose annual income was less than her $30,000. (Note: She also provided $10,000 in scholarships and jobs to 30 former incarcerated youths and gifted LLC to Clark Atlanta University alumni in her Commencement speech.) It’s just a whirlwind of love and I like to give back to people.
cole and her Brooklyn-based Slutty Vegan It’s going to show New Yorkers a lot of love as the establishment brings “plant-based” food to Brooklyn. New York, it’s time to get your “Slutty.”
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