Slutty Vegan's thirteenth Location Opens at Spelman Faculty: “A True, Full-Circle Second”

Atlanta’s famend vegan burger chain, Slutty Vegan, is about to open its thirteenth location on campus on the historic Spelman Faculty, inside the Atlanta College Heart (AUC) neighborhood. The counter-service eatery will open on August 16 and be accessible to each college students and the general public alike.

On campus at Spelman, college students will quickly be capable of bask in favorites such because the One Night time Stand, that includes bacon, cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and the chain’s well-known “Slut Sauce.”

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For rooster lovers, there’s a brand new Mission Chik burger, additionally topped with bacon, jalapeños, ranch, and smoked Gouda. There are additionally loaded scorching canines, chili, fries, drinks, and desserts, all served with the vitality that makes Slutty Vegan the perfect plant-based social gathering on the town.  

Whereas the meals and environment are already causes to have a good time, the opening of Slutty Vegan’s Spelman Faculty location signifies a broader cultural connection. Traditionally Black Schools and Universities (HBCUs) are integral to Atlanta’s heritage, and the institution of a Slutty Vegan outlet on an HBCU bridges culinary innovation with academic legacy.

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Spelman Faculty was based in 1881 with the mission to offer schooling and Christian coaching to Black girls and ladies within the post-Civil Conflict South.

The Atlanta Baptist Feminine Seminary, because it was initially identified, started within the basement of a Black Baptist church in Atlanta with 11 college students. The founders have been pushed by the large want for academic alternatives that they had witnessed within the South, particularly for Black girls. 

Regardless of challenges in funding and situations, the varsity grew quickly, exceeding capability inside the first yr. The curriculum advanced from primary classes to a full-scale liberal arts program, together with topics like rhetoric, psychology, algebra, and Latin. 

Acknowledged as one of many high HBCUs within the nation, Spelman’s legacy continues to affect tutorial, neighborhood, {and professional} spheres. Now, Slutty Vegan’s common vegan fast-food idea is coming to campus to gasoline future thought leaders.  

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Slutty Vegan founder Pinky Cole Hayes, a graduate of fellow HBCU, Clark Atlanta College, explains that the Spelman location is a milestone second. 

“As a proud alumna of Clark Atlanta College, the AUC has at all times held a particular place in my coronary heart,” Cole Hayes tells VegNews. “This milestone of having the ability to have a Slutty Vegan location on an HBCU campus is a real full-circle second for me.”

“I’m thrilled to offer a Black-owned, vegan meals choice to the scholars at Spelman and their friends at Morehouse Faculty, Clark Atlanta College, and Morris Brown Faculty,” she says. 

Slutty Vegan’s inception goes again to 2018 when Cole Hayes launched the enterprise as an Instagram-based supply service out of a shared industrial kitchen in Atlanta. Inside weeks, Cole Hayes invested $10,000 into her personal meals truck. On August 6, 2019, she opened the primary brick-and-mortar restaurant to a crowd of 1,200 prospects.

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Final yr, Cole Hayes secured $25 million in funding to develop the enterprise, with assist from Danny Meyer of burger empire Shake Shack. These enlargement efforts have resulted in 13 areas, with a number of areas in Georgia, together with an on-campus outpost at Georgia Tech, together with a stall at Truist Park, and out-of-state branches in Alabama, Texas, and New York.

Slutty Vegan celebrates 5 years

This month, Slutty Vegan celebrated its five-year anniversary with 5 “random acts of kindness.” On the primary day of Slutty Week, Cole Hayes gave out free haircuts to anybody residing in a metropolis with a Slutty Vegan location, together with Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Dallas, TX; and New York, NY. 

On day two, UberEats driver Ras bought a bag of money as an enormous tip, and on day three, Slutty Vegan gave away free burgers at each location. Day 4 was on the chain’s Harlem location, the place “Ace” from Slutty Vegan took to the streets to provide out envelopes of money to unsuspecting New Yorkers. 

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On the fifth and final day, Cole Hayes personally visited Rafael and Sierra Rojas. The couple—who’re presently not working because of the SAG-AFTRA labor union strike—are Slutty Vegan’s high spenders, putting greater than 100 orders since inception. Cole Hayes awarded them a test for $5,221.35 to pay them again for being “loyal sluts.”

These acts of kindness are a part of Cole Hayes’s dedication to the neighborhood that has supported her all through the Slutty Vegan journey. They complement the entrepreneur’s philanthropic initiatives by way of her Pinky Cole Basis. 

Along with working her eating places and basis, Cole Hayes is a mom and writer of a cookbook titled Eat Crops, B*tch, which is about to launch on November 15. 

Cole Hayes can also be no stranger to retail merchandise, with a line of Slutty Vegan-branded items and merch reminiscent of bacon (known as “Slutty strips”), seasoning (or “slut mud”), and dips (which can be found at choose Costco areas). 

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Most just lately, the entrepreneur additionally labored with producer and actress Angela Simmons, daughter of Run-DMC co-founder Joseph Simmons (“Rev Run”). Cole Hayes and Simmons, herself a vegan, collaborated to create a vegan funnel cake combine for her firm Angela’s Desserts which is serving the brand new dessert at choice areas of The Sugar Manufacturing facility (a brasserie and sweet store) in Atlanta, NYC, and Miami. 

The vegan cake combine can also be out there for buy by way of the Angela’s Desserts web site and can be rolling out at choose retailers quickly.

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