The new location at 17112 Detroit Avenue near the Beck Center for Performing Arts, will be Lakewood’s first all vegan cafe. It will offer daily takeaway selections such as salads, soups, smoothies, sandwiches, fresh juices, bakery sweets, and a sit-down brunch service on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring people healthy, nurturing and accessible meals.” Says Laura Ross, Cleveland Vegan’s Co-owner. “This storefront is the fruition of several years of hard work and we cannot wait to provide a healthy option for people.”
Cleveland Vegan is a Lakewood-based business and has been operating as an all vegan catering company and personal chef service since August 2012. Its offerings exclude animal products such as meat, dairy and even honey, since it is produced by bees. They have catered events from weddings to corporate events to private parties. They also offer a specialized meal delivery service for individuals and families who need assistance in meal planning and preparation.
“There is a growing demand for this kind of eating as people become more conscious of their personal health and also the negative impacts of animal farming on the environment and of course the animals themselves.” Ross says.
Ross, 34, also a yoga teacher, owns and runs the business with her husband, Justin Gorski, 38. Gorski has gained a local following as DJ Kishka spinning polka records at The Happy Dog tavern as well as co-founding the rapidly growing Polish Festival, Dyngus Day. They live with their son, Eli and daughter Simone, in Lakewood.
Cleveland Vegan will offer a wide variety of dishes from house made butternut squash pierogies to cauliflower lasagna to to avocado green curry. Their menu will also change on a monthly basis to keep offerings seasonal and refreshing to customers. All dishes incorporate locally grown and organic ingredients whenever possible.
The storefront will be open for takeaway customers Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m to 4 p.m., as well as doing brunch hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Brunch menu will be broken into three courses. Patrons will be able to choose from each course for an all-inclusive meal or can select items a la carte.
Ross and Gorski will continue Cleveland Vegan’s catering and personal chef services, which have won raves from customers.
“There food was fantastic and the service was exceptional,” says Karalyn Boyd, who hired the company to cater their recent wedding. “Our guests were not vegan and they were presently surprised that the food was the best they’ve had in a long time. People are still talking about the pierogies!”