A popular Oakland vegan pop-up is graduating to an all-day restaurant – San Francisco Chronicle

December 17, 2021 by No Comments

After about a year as a pop-up, popular plant-based spot Roasted and Raw is graduating to a permanent restaurant space in downtown Oakland.

Located at 1389 Jefferson St., it will focus on health-minded, globally inspired vegan dishes served in a fast-casual, all-day format. Popular items from the pop-up days will transfer over to the new restaurant, including smoky black bean burgers, crispy empanadas and curry chickpea rice bowls.

Since no construction is needed, chef and owner Imani Greer is hopeful he can open toward the end of January.

Roasted and Raw is joining a thriving vegan food scene in Oakland, with the newly opened Taqueria La Venganza a block away and Singaporean hit Lion Dance Cafe not far away. That said, Greer plans to steer Roasted and Raw away from the dominant vegan fast food trend seen in places like Vegan Mob and Malibu’s Burgers.

Chef Imani Greer is graduating to a brick-and-mortar restaurant after hosting a Roasted and Raw pop-up for about one year.

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Greer moved to Oakland from Atlanta in the middle of the pandemic, inspired by a cousin who said Greer’s vegan cooking would easily find an audience here. Greer said he hit a wall in Atlanta, but after just two weeks of cooking for people in the East Bay, he saw “an astronomical difference.”

“People loved the food. They loved the flavors, they loved the boldness,” he said. “Oakland and the Bay, they support young Black businesses more than anywhere I’ve seen in my life.”

His pop-up, most recently sharing space with vegan meal service Planted Table in Jack London Square, found a fast following through word of mouth. The menu focused on build-your-own bowls with options such as a Mediterranean-inspired combination of crispy falafel, garlicky hummus, tabbouleh and smoked cucumber ranch. There were also pastas, like a hearty mushroom stroganoff with fresh pappardelle, and breakfast options, such as fried faux-chicken and waffles.

“The flavors come from my traveling and my life, my hometown, my family,” he said, tying the stroganoff with his upbringing in Wisconsin, Southern dishes with his 20 years in Atlanta and Caribbean flavors with his Jamaican godmother.

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