Vegansaurus NYC: Brooklyn’s Red Bamboo turns to the dark side  »

The major downgrade of the week goes to Brooklyn’s Red Bamboo. It was reported on Friday that the vegetarian soul restaurant will close at the end of the month and re-open as “Poppa’s Place” with a menu chock-full of meat. (I’m already gagging). David Bukszpan, the restaurant’s publicist, claims they will still be serving their most successful vegetarian dishes such as the soy Cubano sandwich and soul “chicken,” and blames the “skyrocketing” price of soy for the change. Chef Brian Ahearn, called a “fake-meat sorcerer” is reportedly staying with the restaurant through the transition.

Although it’s not the best vegetarian restaurant in New York, I’ve taken a many carnivores to this place and the vegan tacos alone helped change their meat-loving ways. Apparently, Red Bamboo will also be having a New Year’s Eve/goodbye vegetarian bash on December 31, so stay tuned.

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