The third location of wildly popular vegan burger restaurant Slutty Vegan opens Saturday, October 24, on Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward. For now, the restaurant is only open for takeout, with masks required inside the building.
Like the Jonesboro location, the Edgewood Avenue restaurant features a small retail market, indoor seating in the dining room, and an expanded menu offering more choices than that of the original location in Atlanta’s Westview neighborhood.
“We are thrilled to move into the historic Edgewood District of Atlanta. Edgewood is the exact neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. grew up, and with his birth home being located directly behind Slutty Vegan, I know he has my back,” owner Pinky Cole says in the press release.
“It’s a true blessing to continue opening new locations when there are so many other small businesses whose doors have closed during the global pandemic,” Cole adds. “I want to empower those business owners to never give up on their dreams and continue to fight for what they love and what I know they too can accomplish.”
Cole opened a second Slutty Vegan location this summer in Jonesboro, Georgia, to lines around the block. On its first day in business nearly two years ago, the original Westview restaurant sold over 1,200 meat-free burgers. Lines continue to form at both restaurants. A fourth location is planned for Birmingham, Alabama.
The success of her burgeoning vegan restaurant empire prompted Cole to found the Pinky Cole Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on empowering Black entrepreneurship and providing financial and other assistance to small businesses in the community.
In June, Cole, along with Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks owner Derrick Hayes, helped purchase a car for Tomika Miller, the widow of Rayshard Brooks. The pair will provide life insurance policies and scholarships for his four children to attend Cole’s alma mater, Clark Atlanta University. Brooks was shot and killed by Atlanta police office Garrett Rolfe in a Wendy’s parking lot off of University Avenue on the evening of June 12.
Cole founded Slutty Vegan as a delivery service in 2018, with people contacting her via Instagram to place their orders for provocatively named vegan burgers like the One Night Stand and Ménage à Trois. She quickly amassed a large following, eventually leading to a food truck and late night pop-ups around Atlanta University Center. Even then, lines formed before the food truck arrived.
Eater reached out for more details on the Edgewood Avenue restaurant and for a menu.
482 Edgewood Avenue SE, Atlanta. sluttyveganatl.com.
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