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Souley Vegan

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– History:
Souley Vegan opened in Oakland in 2009 by Tamearra Dyson.
– Dyson, a single mother, started cooking vegan food for the public in 2006.
Souley Vegan was solely funded by Dyson without investors.
– Dyson aimed to educate the Black community on healthy eating.
Souley Vegan saw a 70% decline in business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Architecture and design:
– The flagship Souley Vegan is in the oldest building in Oakland, constructed in 1857.
– The building is in the simplified Italianate style, made of brick and plaster.

– Cuisine:
– Specializes in vegan soul food with entrees ranging from $11-$14.
– Popular dishes include seitan steaks, crispy seitan and waffles, and a Southern Staples Bowl.
– Offers sandwiches like the Toasty Crispy with cornmeal crusted tofu.
– Most loved dish is the Soul Food Platter with southern fried tofu, red beans and rice, and vegan macaroni and cheese.
– Sources produce from local, Black-owned farm Acta Non Verba Farms.

– Reception:
– Recognized as a premier vegan soul food restaurant in the U.S. by VegNews.
– Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Check, Please! Bay Area.

– See also:
– List of Black-owned restaurants.
– List of soul food restaurants.
List of vegetarian restaurants.

Souley Vegan (Wikipedia)

Souley Vegan is a vegan soul food restaurant group based in Oakland, California in the United States. Their only remaining location closed in October 2023, although the owner intends to reopen elsewhere. Their flagship restaurant was in Oakland. The restaurant group is owned by chef-founder Tamearra Dyson. They had additional locations, which have since closed, in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco.

Souley Vegan
Souley Vegan's flagship location in Oakland, California, in 2014.
Restaurant information
Owner(s)Tamearra Dyson
Head chefTamearra Dyson
Food typeVegan soul food
Dress codeCasual
Other locations4
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