A vegan restaurant has said it was ‘left with no choice’ but to reopen and sell meat.
The Mango Tree, which is located in Taunton, England, was originally a plant-based eatery but due to the hospitality industry being ‘incredibly tough’ has made the change.
In a Facebook statement, the establishment stated: “The new restaurant we will be serving a variety of dishes to accommodate a wide variety of dietary needs and preferences.”
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It continued: “Hospitality is increasingly tough and continuing as a purely vegan restaurant has not been sustainable for a considerable amount of time as not enough customers supported us.
“The changes will allow us to secure the jobs of our wonderful team and allow us to continue offering Taunton delicious plant-based dishes that would otherwise have disappeared.”
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Despite the eatery’s explanation, the change has been met with a backlash, with one customer commenting: “This makes me so sad. You’re the only vegan-only restaurant in Taunton yet you’ve had basically the same menu for ages.
“And your solution to low customer numbers is to not be a vegan restaurant anymore? Rather than double down on how good vegan food can be you’re giving up? So much possibilities.”
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Another commented: “This is a massive shame. It’s been amazing to have a 100% vegan restaurant in Taunton. Veganism isn’t a business venture. It’s an ethical philosophy that does the best for the animals, the planet, and public health.”
A third person branded the company’s transition as ‘unethical’.
However, other users understood the restaurant’s decision, with one writing: “You have to go with the times and cater for all tasters otherwise you will go under. Good luck.”
While it has yet to confirm its actual reopening date, the restaurant hopes it will be sometime in autumn.
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