Soul Vegetarian Restaurant Reopens as Soul Veg City After 40 Years in Chatham

Over the weekend as Chicagoans dined at Black-owned restaurants to celebrate Juneteenth, one of its most iconic vegan restaurants celebrated a renaissance. Since 1981, Soul Vegetarian, the 75th Street restaurant that has been ahead of the curve, offering meat- and dairy-free items like protein tidbits, the barbecue twist, and veggie gyros, reopened on Saturday, June 19 with Mayor Lori Lightfoot presiding over a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Chatham.

For years the restaurant displayed a sign in the window reading “proudly Black owned.” It was closed since the pandemic and is now known as Soul Veg City. Co-owners and siblings Arel Brown

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