21-Year-Old Opens Vegan Restaurant In Brooklyn That Won’t Break The Bank

March 22, 2018  |  

“Eat organic.”

That’s all we hear nowadays, and while I would love to eat organic foods everyday because it’s best for me, my pockets do not always agree. But a 21-year-old woman has opened a vegan restaurant that won’t break the bank.

Francesca “Sol” Chaney opened Sol Sips, a vegan restaurant in Brooklyn, that touts low prices for high quality juices, wraps, salads and other healthy items. Chaney was inspired to open her spot because of what she calls a “classist” wellness community.

“The wellness community can be really classist,” Chaney told Essence. “Our intention [with Sol Sips] is to make organic plant-based beverage and bites available to everyone.”

This means that when you walk into Sol Sips, you won’t see outrageous prices for a smooothie. No $20 and upwards charge for some lettuce either. Chaney makes it clear that she’s bringing true accessibility to her community, and for that, I say brava!

Actually, the first spark to her opening Sol Sips came from her own difficulty in finding healthy foods she could eat quickly. She was a full-time student with three jobs, so grabbing an organic bite to go was oh-so-necessary but oh-so-hard to find. So, she started making her own smoothies and other items at home.

“At the time, I had just moved out on my own and began brewing teas and making juices and smoothies. I saw that they were working and I was feeling more energized and lighter,” she said.

With the mission to make wellness truly accessible, especially for low-income areas, the restaurant is offering a monthly sliding scale brunch for $7-$15. It includes a full meal with a beverage. Sign me up!

She also notes that Black people are underrepresented in the wellness movement, and it’s time that she, along with others in the industry, wave their “I’m here!” flags.

“Clearly, we’ve prepped the table, we’ve yet to get a seat at it,” she said.

Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog.
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