Residents in Chapel Hill can be on the lookout for two new eateries opening soon. Living Kitchen, a plant-based restaurant, will bring a vegan-friendly menu to the area, and Deli Edison will serve everything from bagels to New York style pizza.
Marketing coordinator Alan Huck said the owners of Living Kitchen are coming back to the same location with a fresh approach compared to the last time, when the same restaurant closed last year.
“Rather than a larger restaurant with a very extensive menu, it’s more of a café with a smaller menu and we’re putting a lot more emphasis on the coffee program,” Huck said.
The restaurant will serve plant-based, vegan food along with specialty coffee made using coffee beans from Counter Culture, which is based in Durham. Living Kitchen’s menu will feature some normal menu items like all-day breakfast, burgers, salads and bowls, which are meant to pair nicely with the coffee.
However, the recipes are different, featuring "inventive" spins on what you might normally see at a typical café, Huck said.
He mentioned a barbecue burger made from oyster mushrooms and coleslaw made from pears. Condiments will be plant-based, as well, such as the sour cream, which Living Kitchen makes from cashews.
“I feel like it’s difficult to find good food and good coffee in one space and especially plant-based food or really well-presented healthy food, as well,” Huck said. “We’re trying to bring those things together.”
The idea of reopening a restaurant at this location became a reality for the owners because the timing felt right, he said.