Look! In a folding chair! It’s Bernie Sanders!

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In this issue, a national chain moves locally while a local company moves nationally. Also, one crew coped with a coronavirus scare while others test new service and food waters. But first…

Bernie Sanders made the Austin vegan rounds last week. Here are a few of his documented visits for your pleasure:

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In Austin Veg News

ICYMI, Lil’ and Big Nonna’s shut down for a few days due to a positive COVID-19 positive result by one of its crew. They shut down Tuesday, Jan. 19, but reopened Saturday afternoon, Jan. 23, after the rest of the team took some time to get tested, which all their tests came back negative. Welcome back, Nonna’s crew. And thank you for taking the precaution on our behalf.

Isaac Mogannam, aka Plant-based Hacker, teases an orange vegan chick’n dish from a new possible venture, Lo Pan’s Kitchen. We see your Big Trouble in Little China reference, Isaac. “Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton does when the earth quakes and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol’ storm right square in the eye, and he says, ‘Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.’”

Bone-a-fide Vegan Bistro announces new delivery options.

Next Level Clucker, created by Next Level Burger and initially opened in San Francisco, will open locations across the U.S., including Austin. Read more on VegNews: “Next Level Burger Is Opening a Vegan Chicken Chain With Locations Across the Country.”


Austin Veg in the Media

Austin-based “Better Bites Bakery Switches to good natured® Packaging for National Retail Distribution.” Story by MarketScreener

Austin Veg Delights

Last week, Explore Vegan ATX released their episode highlighting HapPea Vegans. Check out “Cluck yeah! HapPea Vegans Fried Chicken Sandwich.”

Hannah Kaminsky of BitterSweet interviews Shane Michael of Rice Above ATX in the blog post, “Rice and Shine.” Check it out.

Not Austin, but…

Michelin awards star to vegan restaurant for the first time in France.” Story by The Guardian.

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