Vegan Restaurant Left with No Other Option But to Start Selling Meat

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A vegan restaurant claimed they have ‘no other option’ but to sell meat in order to remain in business.

The Mango Tree in Taunton, England hinted at the change in menu in aFacebook post, claiming they would add ‘new menu options’. See below:

‘平Closing on Saturday 3rd SeptOur final day as The Mango Tree is approaching fast, before we close our doors for a little while, ready to open our new restaurant in the autumn – same location, same team and including some of our renowned plant based dishes, alongside exciting new menu options and a brand new vibe!Please book soon: 07422 593912

There were many unhappy vegan customers, with one writing:

‘This is a massive shame. Its been amazing to have a 100% vegan restaurant in Taunton. Veganism isnt a business venture. Its an ethical philosophy that does the best for the animals, the planet, and public health.

Introducing animal products to a menu in a town that has so many other restaurants makes no sense. It immediately increases the environmental footprint. It means that the restaurant immediately starts to support animals going through hell again.’

The business owner hit back, explaining their decision:

‘Continuing as a purely vegan restaurant has not been sustainable for a considerable amount of time as there are simply not enough customers supporting us in our current format.

The new restaurant will allow us to protect the jobs of our wonderful team, and will allow us to continue offering Taunton delicious, freshly cooked vegan meals that would be otherwise have disappeared.

Despite lots of marketing, many special offers, offering dine in and takeaway, introducing the use of home delivery partners, and working incredibly hard to be as efficient as possible, not enough of the localpopulation used us regularly enough to make continuing in the current format sustainable.

Ethics extend to the jobs and welfare of our wonderful team, to whom we owe a great deal, and another chance.

We must move on with positivity and are determined to do so.’

Oh dear…

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