The owner of an upscale eatery in Los Angeles says he is a vegetarian.
And he doesn’t mind if some of his customers don’t follow suit.
The chef, who declined to be identified because he said it was too dangerous to reveal the restaurant’s private life, said he started a vegan restaurant in the United States in 2006.
But he says the menu changed to include meat only for special occasions, and he started receiving complaints.
In September, the restaurant was sued by the owner of the eatery, who said the restaurant violated the California Fair Food Practice Act.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
The owner of The Veggie Kitchen, who didn’t want to be named because of the sensitive nature of the matter, said the chef’s decision to serve meat-free meals had a profound effect on the business.
“He said that he didn’t care if people ate meat or not,” said the restaurateur.
“He said he was going to have to do that because people weren’t going to be able to afford meat anymore.”
The restaurant owner says he has been selling the food he makes with raw vegetables since 2006.
He says his business has not been affected.
“We are definitely going to stay vegan,” said his partner, a vegan.
“It’s not a question of whether we can do it.
We are a restaurant that serves quality food, but also we want to give people the option to eat the food that they want to eat,” he said.