Vegan fast-food haven Plant Power is headed to San Diego State University, where it will take over the on-campus space that formerly housed The Den, a quick-service spot run by Denny’s. Plant Power got its start in Ocean Beach in 2016 and became an instant hit with both the vegan and vegetarian communities as well as omnivores looking for more dining options.
In 2017, the eatery expanded with a drive-thru in Encinitas and last summer, opened its first Inland Empire location in Redlands, California. Co-founder Zachary Vouga says the company will continue to grow up the coast and into inland areas; a solar-powered branch is scheduled to debut in Long Beach this June.
Vouga says they will majorly transform the SDSU space remodel, adding fire and water elements and lots of plants. Because this outpost has a small kitchen, it will serve an express-style version of the Plant Power menu which highlights vegan takes on classic fast food favorites that include ‘chicken’ nuggets, milkshakes made with almond milk, ‘fish’ filet sandwiches, and The Big Zac, a twist on a Big Mac that stacks two ‘beef’ patties with special sauce, American ‘cheese’, lettuce, onions, and pickles.