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Vegan café to open on Baxter Ave.

The restaurant space at 619 Baxter Ave., where For Goodness Crêpes operated for several years, but closed recently, will not remain empty long. Stanley Chase III, who has developed a successful vegan jerky product that he sells nationwide, will open a vegan restaurant to be called Morels Café.

Chase said he wants his café to focus on “indulgent” vegan foods, by which he seems to mean things he calls “ribs” and “roast beef” and “chicken salad” made with nothing resembling pork, beef, or chicken. Apparently people who call themselves vegans like to imagine that they are eating meat when they are eating dishes made with tofu, seitan or other highly processed vegetable products flavored to taste somewhat like meats, rather than eating tasty, flavorful vegetable dishes.

In a story in the Courier-Journal, Chase says he wants to provide a wider variety of “protein options” for vegan eaters, things he finds in other foodie towns such as Asheville.

Chase has created a vegan dish, Farby’s “roast beef and cheddar,” that he says is very eater friendly. Everything in his shop, which will be a restaurant and take-out deli, will be vegan. The café will offer a limited rotating menu. The deli case will carry things like vegan cashew “cheese“ as well as the wraps he used to sell from his vegan food truck.

Chase hopes to open by March or April.