Las Vegas is about to get its first completely vegan bar with the opening of Bar Boulevard, which is set to open later this month. Bar Boulevard arose from a friendship between two like-minded vegans with a passion for sharing plant-based food. \u00a0Darren Picone partnered with a local vegan chef, known on Instagram as Steven the Vegan, to bring the concept to life. The pair met when they worked at Vegan Meals by Mindy, a Las Vegas-based vegan ready meal company. Steven the Vegan also operates a plant-based catering service, Human(e) Food 702. \u201cFrom there a friendship blossomed and the concept evolved,\u201d Angel Alonzo, creative director and kitchen manager for Bar Boulevard, told news outlet Vegans, Baby. \u201cWe are a small unconventional family that simply wants to bring life and color to the neighborhood and make a change in the world.\u201d\u00a0Alzonzo later noted that Bar Boulevard hopes to redefine the misconceptions surrounding vegan food and welcome skeptics into a new, deliciously entertaining culinary world. \u201cIt\u2019s a unique and effective way to spread compassion and awareness,\u201d continued Alonzo. "The long-term goal is to grow business so that we may be able to contribute to animal activism and other charities making a difference in our community. Where there is a need, we would like to eventually be able to meet it. We\u2019d like to cultivate a family atmosphere and all-around community vibe\u2026 where vegans and non-vegans alike can feel safe, come hang out and eat some delicious cruelty-free meals." \u201cCruelty-free food for humans \u2013 that's my concept,\u201d added Steven the Vegan. \u201cVegan food made by a vegan. It\u2019s not a common thing to have a vegan chef, making vegan food in the city.\u201d Growing Demand For Vegan Food in Las Vegas As of late, Las Vegas' vegan dining scene is growing astronomically. "The opening of further solidifies Las Vegas\u2019 burgeoning vegan scene," Diana\u00a0Edelman, founder of Vegans, Baby told LIVEKINDLY. "It\u2019s been an incredible year so far with more vegan restaurants opening this year than in any year prior. In the next few months, expect even more vegan restaurants opening," she stated. A new vegan taco restaurant named Tacotarian\u00a0is hoping to open its doors by the end of this month, but it doesn't end there. "Between the new vegan restaurants opening, the restaurants I\u2019m in conversations with to create and offer vegan menus, the launch of my food tours\u00a0--the first of its kind in the city -- and, the early confirmation of major restaurants eager to participate in this January\u2019s Veganuary Las Vegas dining month I am bringing back for its second year, it\u2019s apparent that the vegan scene in Las Vegas is thriving,"\u00a0Edelman affirmed. Non-vegan restaurants are also paying more attention to the rise in plant-based patrons. Last month, the award-winning Las Vegas steakhouse, Hank\u2019s Fine Steaks & Martinis, debuted its first vegan menu. The popular\u00a0Station Casinos\u00a0also updated its menu to include more vegan options.