21 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
Support these vegan Black-owned businesses.
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America is grieving. The fear, frustration, and anger over the murder of George Floyd—an unarmed Black man—by a white police officer can be felt across the nation and in many other parts of the world.

In the wake of Floyd’s murder, former President Barack Obama wrote an op-ed titled “How to Make This Moment the Turning Point for Real Change.” As millions of people take to the streets to voice their outrage over police violence and the racial injustices that are still prevalent in America, Obama discussed how people can “sustain momentum to bring about real change” to the “ongoing problem of unequal justice.

Obama wrote: “[I]f we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.”

In addition to voting for elected officials who will reform the police and criminal justice systems, if you are looking for other ways to show solidarity with the George Floyd protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, one of the simplest ways you can make a difference is by supporting Black-owned businesses.

Here are 21 Black-owned vegan restaurants and businesses you can support right now.

21 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now

15 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
This all-vegan restaurant is located in Inglewood, California. | @stuffieat_inglewood

1. Stuff I Eat

Fitness expert, health-centric chef, and motivational speaker Chef Babette founded this all-vegan, California-based restaurant. Babette is an ardent animal rights activist and has previously done work for animal rights nonprofit Mercy for Animals. Menu items include quesadillas, burritos, and veggie stir-fry.

Learn more about Stuff I Eat here.

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Hunter overcame adversity to open one of Minnesota’s only Black-owned restaurants. | @trioplantbased

2. Trio Plant-Based

Minneapolis resident Louis Hunter overcame adversity to open one of Minnesota’s only Black-owned vegan restaurants. He spent two years fighting unjust charges that could have landed him in prison for 20 years. In September 2018, after the court dismissed the case against him, Hunter opened Trio Plant-Based, a 100 percent Black-owned, plant-based restaurant.

Learn more about Trio Plant-Based here.

13 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
This vegan restaurant franchise serves organic dishes. | Gangster Vegan Organics

3. Gangster Vegan Organics

Vegan restaurant franchise Gangster Vegan Organics recently opened a fifth location in Riverdale, Maryland. The Black-owned vegan restaurant serves organic and mostly raw hip-hop-inspired dishes. Co-owner Taneea Yarborough says healthy vegan foods are needed now more than ever during the pandemic. “I think there is a need for vegan food right now, particularly when we talk about immunity. People are interested in boosting their immunity and they are longing for a more plant-based meal option,” she told The Hyattsville Wire.

Learn more about Gangster Vegan here.

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Pinky Cole founded Slutty Vegan in 2018. | @pinky907

4. Slutty Vegan

Atlanta-based vegan burger joint Slutty Vegan opened in the summer of 2018. The founder and owner—Aisha “Pinky” Cole—opened Slutty Vegan to give “under-informed communities” access to healthy, plant-based foods. In an interview with Forbes, Cole said the rise to success hasn’t been easy. “I was born to immigrant parents in Baltimore, Maryland. My father was sentenced to life in prison the day I was born. I grew up watching my mother work multiple jobs and learning about business through prison calls from my father. It was very complex but I learned a lot about life.”

Learn more about Slutty Vegan here.

15 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
A mother-daughter duo owns vegan meat company Hella Nuts. | @hella_nuts

5. Hella Nuts

Oakland-based, Black-owned business Hella Nuts makes vegan meat from walnuts. Mother-daughter duo Chef Mieko and Chef Kamari founded the company. Hella Nuts (patent pending) vegan meat resembles traditional meat. It can be used in a wide range of dishes like tacos, shepherds pie, and pasta.

Learn more about Hella Nuts here.

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Chef Velvet owns a number of all-vegan businesses. | @veltreevegan

6. Veltree

Nestled in the heart of North Carolina, celebrity chef Chef Velvet founded the all-vegan soul food restaurant, Veltree. Veltree’s mouthwatering menu offerings include chic’n and waffles, cornbread, and rice with gravy.

Learn more about Veltree here.

15 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
Azla specializes in vegan Ethiopian dishes. | @azlavegan

7. Azla

In addition to being vegan, Azla is the first Ethiopian restaurant to open in South Los Angeles. Mother and daughter duo, Chef Azla and Nesanet, founded the restaurant in the summer of 2013. In addition to selling vegan, nutrient-dense food, Azla is also committed to building the community through arts and cultural programming.

Learn more about Azla here.

15 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
Jenn Ross founded the vegan eatery. | @dajeneats

8. Dajen Eats

DaJen Eats is a vegan cafe and creamery located in Eatonville, Florida. Jenn Ross founded the vegan eatery, which serves vegan Caribbean food. Ross, who is originally from Jamaica, came to the U.S. when she was 16 years old. She started Dajen Eats in a humble gas station before opening her own brick and mortar store.

Learn more about Dajen Eats here.

11 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
In addition to vegan comfort food staples, The Southern V sells delectable vegan desserts. | @thesouthernv

9. The Southern V

Husband-and-wife team Tiffany and Clifton founded The Southern V. The vegan restaurant serves up vegan comfort food favorites in the heart of the Buchanan Street Business District in Nashville.

Learn more about The Southern V here.

11 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
A former SpaceX inventory clerk founded this vegan Compton-based catering service. | @comptonvegan

10. Compton Vegan

This Compton-based business brings affordable and healthy vegan versions of classic foods to inner-city communities in need. Compton Vegan’s offerings include plant-based shrimp, catfish, gumbo, and steak. Former SpaceX inventory clerk and teacher, Lemel Durrah, founded the vegan catering service in 2017.

Learn more about Compton Vegan here.

11 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
The Falafel Burger is a popular menu item. | The New Vegan

11. The New Vegan

The New Vegan offers good nutritional, plant-based dishes to the Delray Beach area. The restaurant specializes in making healthy, plant-based dishes because of their many health benefits. The restaurant also believes in educating the community on the benefits of eating vegan.

Learn more about The New Vegan here.

15 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
This 100 percent vegan and Black-owned restaurant offers classic Creole dishes. | Souley Vegan

12. Souley Vegan

This 100 percent vegan and Black-owned restaurant serves up plant-based versions of classic Louisiana-style soul food dishes, such as Creole nachos and crispy okra. The owner and chef, Tamearra Dyson, was raised vegetarian. She has been creating her signature vegan dishes since she was 18 years old.

Learn more about Souley Vegan here.

13 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
This Hollywood restaurant serves vegan soul food dishes. | @thevtreehollywood

13. The VTree Hollywood

In collaboration with Nick Cannon, Chef Velvet of Veltree opened The VTree Hollywood inside Yamashiro, a Japanese restaurant located in the Hollywood Hills, in May. Offerings include fried “chicken” drumsticks, vegan cajun shrimp, and Salisbury steak over rice. Chef Velvet also owns Charlotte’s only all-vegan CBD lounge, Teas and Trees CBD—which is located right beside Veltree.

Learn more about The VTree Hollywood here.

13 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
The dessert brand is organic, vegan, and allergen-conscious. | @charliesbrownies

14. Charlie’s Brownies

After learning about food allergies, particularly those caused by dairy and gluten, Charlie Fyffe relaunched Charlie’s Brownies in 2015 to be a 100 percent vegan, organic, and allergen-conscious brand. The Los Angeles-based company’s brownies are dairy-, gluten-, and soy-free.

Learn more about Charlie’s Brownies here.

13 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
The nutritional shake is vegan. | @livevegansmart

15. Vegan Smart

Kareem Cook, Claude Tellis, and John Lewis founded Vegan Smart, a nutritional shake, in 2013 to create a healthy product and raise awareness for common health problems like obesity, heart disease, and pre-diabetes. In addition to distributing their product to major retailers, the trio also ensured Vegan Smart was available in underserved and low-income communities, which are often most impacted by food deserts and food-related illnesses.

Learn more about Vegan Smart here.

13 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
The chips come in two flavors: original and smoked. | @symphonychips

16. Symphony Chips

Symphony Chips started out as a spice company in 2010. Dondre Anderson and daughters Amina and Amari founded Symphony Chips, which use a blend of more than 28 herbs and spices. The Atlanta-based company sells two varieties of chips: Original and Smoked.

Learn more about Symphony Chips here.

13 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
The restaurant serves up classic, vegan comfort staples. | @nuvegancafe

17. NuVegan Cafe

This family- and Black-owned restaurant has four locations in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Vernon and Lynn Woodland founded the eatery in order to “serve delicious vegan food that stirs the soul and be a place for cultural community building.” NuVegan Cafe offers classic soul food staples like BBQ ribs, collard greens, country fried steak, and mac and cheese.

Learn more about NuVegan here.

17 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
Butler’s brand is sold in Target stores. | @melissarbutler

18. The Lip Bar

Melissa Butler founded the Detroit-based cosmetics company in 2012 after being frustrated by beauty standards. With the help of her high school friend, Rosco Spears, Butler left her career as a stockbroker on Wall Street to create the vegan, cruelty-free, and all-inclusive line of cosmetic products. After being rejected on Shark Tank, Butler’s company is now sold in Target stores and has been featured in numerous publications, including Teen Vogue and Essence.

Learn more about The Lip Bar here.

17 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
The popcorn is vegan and non-GMO. | @eatprojectpop

19. Eat Project Pop

Chauniqua Major founded Eat Project Pop after seeing a lack of healthy popcorn brands on the market. The Orlando-based popcorn company is organic and gluten-free and features simple, non-GMO ingredients.

Learn more about Eat Project Pop here.

17 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
Woodard founded the vegan and allergy-friendly cookie brand. | @partakefoods

20. Partake Foods

Rapper Jay-Z backs this Black-owned, vegan cookie brand. Denise Woodard created the company after wanting to make healthy, allergy-friendly snacks her daughter, Vivienne, could eat. “The most rewarding part has been seeing Vivi’s entrepreneurial spirit come out. This girl literally pretend sells leaves and twigs to her friends at the park. That, and having her recognize “Mommy’s cookies” in grocery stores,” Woodard said in a statement.

Learn more about Partake Foods here.

17 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support Right Now
The bakery sells a number of vegan treats. | @southernrootsbiz

21. Southern Roots Vegan Bakery

This Black-owned vegan bakery sells a number of delectable desserts like doughnuts, fudge brownies, cinnamon rolls, bundt cakes, and of course, cookies.

Learn more about Southern Roots here.