Slutty Vegan's long-awaited Harlem outpost is finally here.
The rapidly-expanding chain out of Atlanta, serving up plant-based burgers with names like the One Night Stand and the Sloppy Toppy, opened its doors today at 300 W 135th Street between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and St. Nicholas Avenue.
Founder Pinky Cole, who owned a Jamaican restaurant on 145th Street that was destroyed by a fire in 2016 before founding Slutty Vegan in 2018, spoke about how much it meant returning to the neighborhood at the ribbon cutting.
"I'm not from Harlem, but I'm from Harlem," said the entrepreneur. "Harlem showed me love for so long, even after losing my restaurant, that I will be forever indebted to this community, and I pray that Slutty Vegan will bring millions to this community."
In 2021 Cole collaborated with burger chain Shake Shack's Harlem location on a limited edition vegan burger, and last year it was announced that Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer was behind part of the new funding to help the chain expand.
Slutty Vegan's new takeout-only spot on 135th Street is the fast food restaurant's eighth location, with five in Georgia, one in Alabama, and one that opened in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, in September.