It Is Easy Being Green: Green Kitchen Cooks up Interest in St. John’s
With the interest in plant-based food options growing in St. John’s, it is no surprise that the Heather Regular and Renee Gosse, owners of Green Kitchen, located at 47 Harvey Road have been busy since they opened at the end of the summer. Heather Regular told The Racket that she and Gosse saw the value and that increasing interest in vegan and plant-based eating in St. John’s.
In fact, that increasing interest is what keeps Regular and Gosse from not having any trepidation about opening a new restaurant in a city that is experiencing some trying economic times and one that is seemingly full of restaurants already. “People living here are becoming more adventurous when it comes to trying new food, and I our food appeals to that,” Regular told The Racket via email. She said that even though Green Kitchen’s food is completely plant-based, most of the customers are not fully plant-based eaters, but really enjoy what Green Kitchen has to offer. “Though you assume any risk when opening a business we are hopeful this is one that will stick around for a long time,” said Regular.
There is only one other fully plant-based restaurant in St. John’s and according to Regular, Green Kitchen stands apart because of their organic and in-house made products ranging from mayo to burger patties. “We have been told by guests that our food is creative,” said Regular. “And we do offer items that you can't find anywhere else.”
Since opening, Regular said the public’s response to Green Kitchen has been “very positive”. “We are so pleased with how things have been, of course, there are some growing pains with opening any new business but we have definitely grown and bettered the business from the lessons learned,” she said. Apparently, Green Kitchen already has gained some regulars who seem to love the menu designed for vegans who are health conscious and for those craving “vegan junk food”.
This “junk food” might include the cauliflower wings and black bean burger, which Regular considers her go-to menu items. The vegan wings, as well as the nachos, go really well with a cold one, just like their more traditional and meat-based counterparts and Green Kitchen serves beer from Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. on tap. Currently, they are serving Three Seasons Saison and Calm Tom’s Double IPA but Regular said there are plans to change up the beers from time to time.