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Slutty Vegan opening second location this weekend and more dining news from the week

Slutty Vegan’s The Fussy Hussy is a plant-based patty with American cheese, shredded lettuce, onion, pickle and vegan mayo on a Hawaiian bun. CONTRIBUTED BY MIA YAKEL
Slutty Vegan’s The Fussy Hussy is a plant-based patty with American cheese, shredded lettuce, onion, pickle and vegan mayo on a Hawaiian bun. CONTRIBUTED BY MIA YAKEL

Popular plant-based burger spot Slutty Vegan is set to open its second metro Atlanta location tomorrow.

Plans for the Jonesboro eatery, which is located in an old house that was previously home to magician Abb Dickson,  were announced about a year ago.

A third location on Edgewood Avenue in Old Fourth Ward is slated to open next month.

The Jonesboro restaurant will offer take-out only for now, with a temporary hold on dine-in option due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The menu will be the same as the one offered at the original West End location. But unlike West End, which rotates its menu meaning certain items aren’t available every day, all menu items will be offered every day in Jonesboro. Also exclusive to the Jonesboro location will be a sea moss banana pudding for dessert.

“Every day, people are standing in line for hours to experience the juicy goodness of our plant-based burgers,” said owner Pinky Cole in a prepared statement. “We look forward to expanding our presence throughout the metro Atlanta area. In addition to the restaurant, we look forward to spearheading community and philanthropic efforts here.”

Slutty Vegan opened its brick-and-mortar location in the West End neighborhood in early 2019 after operating for several months as a mobile food truck.

The restaurant quickly drew lines snaking down the block, offering a plant-based burger and fries menu with suggestive concoctions like the Ménage à Trois, a vegan patty loaded with vegan bacon and shrimp, and a messy mix of lettuce, tomato and special sauce.

Slutty Vegan also quickly became a fan of high-profile figures, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Tyler Perry, Tamar Braxton, actress Taraji P. Henson, Da Brat and T.I.

Cole recently partnered with celebrities including Gabrielle Union Wade and Ludacris to give away free food to the community to thank them for rallying around the restaurant. She also joined with Derrick Hayes, the owner of  Atlanta eatery Big Dave's Cheesesteaks to provide Rayshard Brooks' family with life insurance, a new car, and full scholarships to Clark Atlanta University. Brooks was fatally shot by Atlanta police officers June 12 in the parking lot of a south Atlanta Wendy's.

The Jonesboro Slutty Vegan location will be open from noon-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

164 N. McDonough St., Jonesboro. sluttyveganatl.com/

•Metrotainment Bakery and CamiCakes Cupcakes on Peachtree Street have closed, part of a spate of recent evictions from landlord Selig Enterprises, What Now Atlanta reports. A representative for Metrotainment Bakery, which was located at 1119 Logan Circle NW in Atlanta, released a statement to the AJC regarding the closure:

“Metrotainment Bakery closed in March 2020 and has not been operating since, and is not planning to reopen. The Bakery is another casualty of COVID-19 and its impact on restaurants and businesses throughout the city, state and country.”

A representative from CamiCakes has not responded to a request for comment. The cupcake shop, which was located at 2221 Peachtree Road, still has several metro Atlanta locations, including stores in Smyrna and Camp Creek, as well as one in Florida.

•Several metro Atlanta restaurant closed voluntarily this week due to employees testing positive for COVID-19 including Spring and Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar in Marietta; Comet Pub & Lanes in Decatur; The Varsity in Midtown; and Souper Jenny in Brookhaven.

•"Southern cuisine" restaurant and hookah bar Levelz Atlanta is slated to open in September at 4935 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross, What Now Atlanta reports. The concept comes from Midnight Blu club promoter Dream Hardnett.

More dining news from the week:

ExploreThe Varsity in Midtown suspends carhop service after 92 years
ExploreHighland Bakery closes in Decatur
ExploreSriThai now open at Atlantic Station
ExploreGenki Noodles and Sushi closes in Virginia-Highland

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