The vegan restaurant opening at Trinity Groves has a spiffy new name and a game plan for menu and opening date.
The restaurant will be called V-Eats Modern Vegan, replacing the previous V Spot name, a tentative handle chosen by chef-owner Troy Gardner.
"We're going to focus on just 'V' which is what we really wanted," says spokesperson Molly DeVoss. "The sign will be a giant lime-green V, and the chef coats will just have a V. It's a memorable visual that appeals to anyone, vegan or not."
The menu features Gardner's signature vegan renditions of comfort food.
"Comfort food is normally full of gluten, lactose, and animal products," DeVoss says. "Troy is using plant-based ingredients to do cruelty-free versions of dishes such as chicken-fried steak, brisket, macaroni and cheese, and barbecue pulled pork and biscuits with sausage gravy — all animal byproduct free, of course."
Gardner will also be making vegan craft cheeses in house.
But DeVoss says that the restaurant will appeal to non-vegans as well. "Almost all of the menu items are gluten-, lactose-, tree nut-, and soy-free, so it will be very 'allergy friendly,'" she says.
That includes alcohol. V-Eats will have a full bar and will feature only vegan alcohol products. Signature cocktails will use cold-pressed juices, kombucha, and fresh herbs.
Finish-out of the space is under way, and the opening date is still TBD. The interior will be done in eggplant and lime green with driftwood accents and a steampunk vibe. They're bantering the idea of doing events and pop-up special meals this summer, with a possible opening in the fall.
For a preview, Gardner will be participating with V-Eats in several culinary events, listed on V-Eats.com, including Savor Dallas and Earth Day Texas on April 22-24.