Veggie Grill, a California-based vegan restaurant chain, is opening in Harvard Square this Sunday, October 13. The restaurant will be housed inside the space at 57 John F. Kennedy St. once occupied by Wagamama.
Veggie Grill, which has 30 locations spread out across California, Oregon, Washington, and Illinois, serves a vegan and largely gluten-free menu, including a Beyond Burger. Diners can snack on other vegan options like zucchini noodles, falafel, various tofu dishes, various salads, and tempura green beans.
“We conducted market research, and our findings showed that there are a lot of mindful veggie-centric guests in Boston who are looking for our craveable plant-based food,” a representative from the restaurant told Eater via email in 2018. “In addition, our CEO Steve Heeley lived in Boston for many years and is very familiar with the market.”
Veggie Grill’s new space is 2,500 square feet and can accommodate up to 40 diners. The chain is also opening a location in New York City’s Flatiron neighborhood this fall.
Veggie Grill is just the latest chain to open in Harvard Square. The neighborhood’s dining scene is changing rapidly, due in large part to rising rents, never-ending construction, and an influx of out-of-town chains. Keep an eye on those changes here.