Local vegans, vegetarians and general food enthusiasts can go back to their roots on Tuesday with a new spot opening in Allston. Root will serve “plant-based foods and juices,” with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. The new spot is the brainchild of the owners of non-dairy ice “cream” shop FoMu, which opened last summer in the same Allston corner.
“It seemed like there was a demand that was being completely unfulfilled in the area,” said FoMu co-owner Deena Jalal in a previous interview with BostInno. After vegan pizzeria Peace O’ Pie shut down permanently back in February, there was an obvious gap in the neighborhood, and Jalal quickly filled the space with Root.
Upon first glance, Root’s menu looks similar to other local lunch spots, with take-out items like build-your-own burgers, eggplant caprese sandwiches, and herbed fries, as well as brunch treats like vanilla pancakes, breakfast wraps and biscuits and gravy. However, the menu is all vegetarian, airing on the side of vegan, although Jalal won’t label the food as such.
“We did refrain from using any animal products and went the extra mile to ensure that all of our products are vegan-friendly, so they don’t involve any manufacturing or process that involves animals,” she said in an interview with Eater Boston.
Jalal takes a similar approach with the products served at FoMu, and if the success of that eatery is any indication (they just opened a second location in Jamaica Plain this spring), Root is sure to be quickly loved by locals.
The small restaurant has 20 seats, and will be open weekdays at 11 a.m., with full-service brunch on Saturday and Sundays beginning at 9:30 a.m.
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