Where to find vegan Valentine’s Day treats in Austin

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In this issue, we give in to pure, unadulterated love for animals and vegan food. And there’s other news, too.

Is it a coincidence that Valentine’s Day comes before spring? The weather will soon warm up, the hills will lush up, and the flowers will pop up. It’s nature coupling up. Enough of the birds and bees talk, though. Let’s get to the food. This year, we include the Valentine’s Day roundup in the newsletter. So be sure to read to the end for Austin’s V-Day specials.

But before we forget, Austin Monthly is collecting votes for the best in 2021, so lift your favorite vegan spots up and “Vote for Best of ATX 2021.”

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In Austin Veg News

Sunny’s Backyard, a plant-based pub and patio, plans to open in east Austin in March. Charrissa and Merritt Vaughn are currently renovating the old Hard Luck Lounge. Once complete, Sunny’s Backyard will include an indoor bar, a dog-friendly patio, and seating for more than 100 guests. Their plans also include outdoor entertainment and music when pandemic conditions improve. The Vaughn’s bring five years of experience, bartending and operating Beelman’s, a vegan bar in downtown Los Angeles. Follow their progress on Instagram for updates.

Opera Cafe goes Planted starting this month. They plan to complete their vegan-transition by March.

The Vegan Nom family of restaurants closed last Tuesday and Wednesday for staff training and implementing new COVID-19 protocols. They reopened Thursday for their regular business hours.

Project Pollo will launch breakfast at all their locations starting Saturday, February 13.


Lo Pan’s Kitchen opened for pickup service, Friday, February 5. They operate from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM inside the Kitchen United Mix location with Plow Burger and Mission Burrito.

Austin Veg in the Media

Community Impact covers Zucchini Kill Bakery in “Vegan, gluten-free bakery Zucchini Kill mixes pastries with punk.”

Check out “Good Catch Lands at Whole Foods Prepared Food Sections” by Progressive Grocer.

Eater Austin highlights Sunny’s Backyard in “A Vegan Pub Is Taking Over the Former Hard Luck Lounge Space in East Austin.” And so does Austin360 in “Vegan pub Sunny’s Backyard opening in former dive bar space in East Austin.”

Sweet Ritual inspires Chicago’s first vegan ice cream shop! Check out VegOut’s “Chicago’s First Vegan Ice Cream Shop to Open This Spring.”

Texas Animal Freedom Fighters and HapPea Vegans get CBS Austin coverage in “PETA giving away free vegan chicken wings in Austin ahead of Sunday’s big game.”

Austin Veg Delights

Explore Vegan ATX released a new episode on YouTube last week: “Vegan Queso that tastes like the real thing??,” an interview with Credo Foods founder Madeline Salamon.


Austin Veg Events

Animal Save Movement, and others, will host “Valentine’s Day Global Watch Party of Baby Hers + Q&A,” a virtual screening of the film Baby Hers by Susan Rosenzweig, Sunday, February 14, from 1:00–2:15 PM.

Unicorniverse is holding a Valentine’s Day Bake Sale, Sunday, February 14, at Dear Diary Coffeehouse, from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Austin Veg Jobs

Sunny’s Backyard is looking for kitchen staff help.

Austin Veg Corrections

Last week, we celebrated Plow Bao’s first anniversary, but the day is December 7. Their post about being grateful for the past year was just that, being thankful. Thank you, Plow Bao. We’re thankful for you.


Austin Veg-alentine’s Day Specials


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