Tamearra Dyson, the chef and owner of Souley Vegan, an Oakland, California-based Black-owned restaurant that serves vegan soul food meals, is reportedly set to open three new locations in California. As the pandemic continues, the new restaurants will be adapted to take orders for delivery and pick-up.
At the end of July, Souley Vegan will open its location in West Hollywood, followed by a San Francisco location in August, and an additional Oakland location in September. These locations will offer the same menu from its flagship restaurant such as Creole Nachos, Seitan Steaks with Gravy and Mash, Crispy Seitan and Waffles, and OG Southern Fried Tofu.
Opening the new locations is a huge step for Tamearra who decided to leave her medical career to pursue her passion for cooking. In 2007, she started catering and selling food at local events. It was in 2009 when she opened her first restaurant in Downtown Oakland. Now, she is venturing into a new approach to serving food to people.
"I believe the full-service restaurant industry is outdated," Dyson told VegNews. "This model is something I had been considering for some time and COVID provided the space and time to revisit the idea. Right now my team and I are working diligently to ensure we are providing the same--if not better--experience to our beloved consumers. The goal is to offer the 'wow' factor from this perspective that has made us what we are today."
For more information about Souley Vegan, visit SouleyVegan.com