I am beyond sad to report that Chrissie Hynde’s vegan restaurant, The VegiTerranean, has closed it’s doors for good. VegiTerranean has been a favorite spot of mine since it opened four years ago, and not simply because it was the only full vegan restaurant in the area. The food was divine, I totally loved the staff, and the atmosphere.  I’ve taken clients to lunch there, had dates, birthday dinners, and met some fabulous vegans during meetups there.  I will sorely, sorely miss The VegiTerranean.

[Seriously to every single member of the VT Staff, I'm going to miss every single one of you. YOU ROCK.  Thank you for remembering me, for remembering my passion for vegan whipped cream, and for helping to make some very fond memories.]

Here is the (sad) announcement from Chrissie Hynde herself:

It is with great regret that The VegiTerranean in downtown Akron has closed its doors for the last time.

This has been a labour of love for me for the last four years. We tried everything we could to keep the restaurant going but unfortunately due to the current economic climate this has not been possible.

I’d like to thank everybody who helped me try to fulfill my dream. I discovered that vegan cuisine in Ohio has become more appreciated than I imagined. We were even voted among the top 5 vegan restaurants in America by Business Week. Of course my chef Scot Jones is responsible for that, with the help of Tal Ronnen, the man who taught him how to translate his delicious recipes into non meat versions. Last but not least, I’d like to thank our amazing staff, servers and every one of you who dined with us at The VegiTerreanean.

Your friend, Chrissie Hynde

In honor of the memories, here are some of my favorite VegiTerranean moments.  Goodbye dear yummy friend, goodbye.

Linguine with Roasted Vegetables

Country Fried "Chicken" with Braised Greens on top of Mashed Potatoes

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Icing

Vegan Fruit Pie with the Best Whipped Topping on the Planet

Happy Birthday to me from the VegiTerranean