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PVD Vegan Restaurant Week Returns

Sep 30, 2020 11:59AM ● By Maureen Cary

The second annual PVD (really all of Rhode Island) Vegan Restaurant Week (VRW) is set to return, running from October 30 through November 8, covering two full weekends.

Created by local vegan community organizers Chris Belanger and Karen Krinsky, of Like No Udder, VRW’s purpose is twofold—creating exciting dining opportunities for everyone while showing the food business that there is a demand for compassionate and healthy dining options here in Rhode Island.

During the inaugural VRW, restaurants reported significant increases in foot traffic, sales and a shift to more vegan items. Many places even made their vegan specials permanent menu items. “We told participating restaurants that this was their time to make veganism shine and many of them went above and beyond,” said Belanger. He also added, “One addition to VRW we are proud of is Chelo’s; veganism has come a long way when a chain of family restaurants adds a vegan menu.”

Rhode Island has a growing vegan dining scene. Since the last VRW, several new storefronts have opened, including Basil & Bunny (mobile), Sprout & Lentil (Middletown), P.B. Bistro (East Greenwich), Blush Bakeshop (Providence) and Faits Maison (Narragansett).

Of course, the 2020 version may look a little different with more of an emphasis on takeout and social distanced indoor dining. However, special menu items, discounted items and multiple course vegan menus can still be expected. Most menus will be finalized in mid-October.

 For an up-to-date list of restaurants and their offerings, visit VegRestaurantWeek.com