Root, an upcoming plant-based restaurant in Allston, will open its doors on Tuesday, July 9th, according to the restaurant's Facebook page. Owner Deena Jalal spoke with Eater recently about the philosophy, menu, and design of Root; get all of the details here, or keep reading for the highlights.
1. Location, location, location. Root takes the place of vegan pizzeria Peace o' Pie, and it's on the same corner as Grasshopper (vegan/vegetarian Asian food) and FoMu (dairy-free ice cream). Furthermore, FoMu and Root are under the same ownership.
2. Plant-based and friendly to other dietary restrictions. While owner Deena Jalal tends to avoid the word "vegan" when marketing Root (and FoMu), the entire menu is vegan-friendly. Gluten-free diets and other restrictions can also be easily accommodated.
3. There will be juice. Fruit and vegetable juices and juice blends will be made in-house from seasonal, locally sourced produce.
4. No processed faux meat and dairy products. "We're really trying to showcase what's in the food, not what's not in the food," Jalal told Eater. The focus is on natural products, not vegan substitutions.
5. Weekday counter service; weekend brunches. Sit down and relax for a full-service brunch on the weekends. During the week, order at the counter, and your food will be brought to the table.
· All coverage of Root on Eater [~EBOS~]