This week saw the grand opening of Birmingham-based veggie/vegan company NotDogs‘ second restaurant. But unexpectedly the new location was revealed as Chessington World Of Adventures in Greater London – A nation’s first for a dedicated meat-free business inside a theme park!
Created by friend’s Katie McDermott and Jane Yates in 2014, NotDogs was initially started as a food truck business when the Birmingham-based pair struggled to find delicious vegetarian and vegan fast food at festivals around the UK.
Within their first year of trading their meat-free NotDogs, such as the Plain Jane with ketchup & mustard, and the Kickin’ Katie Nacho Dog with guacamole, cheddar, crushed nachos & jalapenos, the pair were runners-up in the Virgin Foodpreneur Competition for ‘Tastiest Startup’.
In 2016 they opened their first fully-fledged NotDogs restaurant in Birmingham’s famous Bullring shopping district, offering an expanded vegetarian menu including burgers, sides and milkshakes with the option for anything to be made vegan as well as gluten-free.
The news of a second stand-alone NotDogs restaurant opening in the popular UK theme park went quietly under the radar, with the pair tweeting on May 30th: “#NotDogsChessington is finally OPEN! Happy customers already making Plain Jane & Kickin’ Katie two excited little #NotDogs!“
Chessington World Of Adventures followed up with a tweet from their official page: “Calling all vegetarians, vegans, food lovers and more, @notdogsuk is now open! Come and find your next foodie fix next to Scorpion Express.“
See the original tweets below.
It’s a hugely exciting development in the UK where, as the Independent reported, more than 3.5 million people now identify as vegan, and our Veganuary 2018 campaign saw a record-breaking 168,542 people sign up.
We cannot wait to visit the new NotDogs location, but finger’s crossed this isn’t the last time that we see an all-veggie/vegan restaurant opening in a theme park!
NotDogs’ official story on their website reads:
“The aim of Not Dogs is to provide food lovers with a delicious, fun, quality menu to excite and amaze. Not Dogs is an all-veggie company and taste and satisfaction is of upmost importance. Veggies, vegans and meat-eaters cannot resist the unique menu of Not Dogs, burgers, breakfasts, sides and fries.
It’s simple, we love animals, the environment and you! Not Dogs was created to offer a better fast-food menu for all three, happy animals, happy health and happy planet.”
If you’re feeling inspired to try vegan, then why not sign up for our 31-day pledge? You’ll receive all of the info and help you need to make the easy transition to a plant-based lifestyle.