One hidden treasure of Las Vegas I discovered in March is a fine vegan restaurant, recommanded by my SF writer colleague Kris Rusch. Vegenation is an small, quiet space with a very convivial ambiance. !
The visitor is greeted by a profusion of green plants and quiet music.
Flowers (real ones) adorn each table, adding to the joy of eating. I ordered that specific, jar-contained meal at least three times!
Of course, the fact that the cutlery is metal and the glasses are reused Mason jars holds its charm! (Like the Panthère Verte restaurants in Montréal.)
It had been a looong time since I ate so well in a restaurant. Usually, my vegetarian choices are dim.
And do NOT start me on the plastic utensils and cups most budget-savvy places offer…
So I came back to the Vegenation not one, but four times, for a more excellent, fruit-filled breakfast. Here… everything was good! The meals were filling, generous and respectful of both animals and my budget!
And the meals were so satisfying, even the “meat” and “cheese” ingredients were 100% plant-based.
I was so happy of this discovery (and I am NOT a food/restauration reviewer) that I talked to a fine young man working there and asked a few questions.
Travis Schwantes, at the Vegenation. Travis was busy directing some redecorating of the restaurant, but he took the time to answer my questions.
Where did you grow-up, come from?
I grew up in Southern California and I lived in New Jersey for 15 years. My wife and I moved to Las Vegas 9 years ago.
What is your specific education ? I have a bachelor in arts and Spanish literature.
Since how long does the Vegenation exist?
How did you discover your vision, how did you came into the picture?
I met the owner, chef Donald Lemperle, who told me of his vision and I wanted to be a part of it. This was seven years ago. I have taken the tasks of manager since 1 year and a half.
What event did propel you towards the vegan lifestyle?
15 years ago I started at thinking about being a vegetarian. At the time I got food poisoning from meat. At the time I was 22. Since then, I started meeting vegan people, and came to work here, and became inspired by all the people here. I started to watch documentaries, after watching a few, one day one day, my wife and I look at each other and decided let’s go vegan!
Any projects or expansion in the foreable future?
I want to help lead this food revolution. To do that I am helping chef Donald achieve his vision of creating the first successful chain of plant-based restaurants. So that we can bring more positive changes to the communities.
Charming detail: non-binary bathrooms!
All in all, if you ever come to Las Vegas, step out of the Fremont Experience and turn your feet south. This nice little restaurant is on Carson av
To know more about this restaurant: Vegenation in Las Vegas.
WHERE? 616 e Carson ave, suite 120, Las Vegas, nv 89101
WHEN: opens everyday at 8am — closes at 8PM (Sunday-Thursday 8am) and 9 PM (Friday and Saturday)
HOW MUCH? reasonable: 8-15$ for a meal.
MY FAVORITE: the organic, fair-trade coffee… served in the pot, so it makes *four* good cups!