This Latina-Owned Restaurant Is Being Touted as the Country’s First Vegan Fried Chicken Spot

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With the rise of meatless alternatives, Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have seen success, even in the fast-food arena. However, at most fast-food and fast-casual restaurants, beef substitutes are the focus. At Eat Love, it’s imitation chicken that’s the star. Lynn Torres’s business will open her first brick-and-mortar fried chick’n shop on November 22 in Orange County, California, and it’s being touted as the United States’ first vegan fried chicken restaurant.

Much like KFC, Eat Love will offer chicken sandwiches and buckets of chicken. But that’s where the similarities end, according to Torres.

“We are better than KFC and Chick-fil-A because we want to share amazing and delicious food without harming animals and without harming our health,” Torres said, according to VegNews. “We actually really care about animals, the environment, social issues, your health and the world.”

While it’s mostly a fried chick’n spot, the restaurant will also serve cookies, brownies and ice cream sandwiches. Before finding its home, Eat Love was a catering company, pop-up shop and food truck. The brick-and-mortar will be in the Fountain Valley area, one mile away from where she grew up in Orange County.