A new ‘meatless’ takeout is about to open in Sutton Coldfield and has already sparked an avalanche of interest on social media.
Veggie Hut will open in Kings Road, New Oscott, across from Lidl and next to the Hyundai showroom next week.
Owner Sukh Singh posted about his new business, a vegan and vegetarian-only social media outlet, and generated a frenzy of interest, with hundreds of responses and thousands of impressions on his website.
The Sutton Veggie Hut will be Sukh’s second outlet, which also has another takeout, the brand’s original High Street store in Smethwick.
On the menu are vegetarian dishes that have meat counterparts like vegetarian spicy wings, sheesh kebab, soy-style nuggets, mixed grills, soy-style breaded fish, soy burgers, vegan bacon sandwiches, and hot dogs. There is a large pizza menu with vegetarian versions of the Hawaiian breakfast, a big daddy, and a meatless treat.
And also more “ normal ” vegetarian offerings like halloumi burgers, bean burgers, margherita pizzas and vegetarian kebabs.
It will serve vegan “milk-free” shakes, egg-free desserts as well as ice cream shakes and a range of side dishes.
The 43-year-old said he went vegetarian 15 years ago, but at the time found very little choice for dining out. Many well-known names that serve vegetarian food like KFC, Subway, and McDonald’s also sell meat and fish products.
And Sukh wanted to ensure that there would be no cross contamination. He said he and his wife have experimented with dishes at home and friends and family have commented on their quality. And that encouraged them to open their Smethwick take-out, which has been open for over six years.
He said customers came from miles around his Smethwick store, including a group of Manchester United fans from London who always stop there on their way north.
Sukh said: âWe opened in Sutton because we have quite a few customers from there coming to our Smethwick store.
âIn the last couple of years we have had a huge shift towards vegan food
âNow you see these vegan places opening up with vegan burgers and fish dishes. But when I became a vegetarian 15 years ago, we could only eat very little. Veganism was not that important.
âI was looking for alternatives. My wife and I have done a lot of different cooking at home.
âWe don’t advertise. Everything is done by word of mouth. We do things like mixed vegetarian grills. “
He continued, âPlaces that sell vegan and vegetarian food like McDonald’s and Subway, they still sell meat. But from an ethical point of view, I wanted to go to a place where there is no risk of contamination.
âWe have a bunch of guys that come from Hitchin to London, Man Utd fans, every time they come up north they visit us. We have people from Glasgow! “
New Veggie Hut opens in former Chinese take-out restaurant Fu Moon. Sukh said he had “ gutted the whole place ” and put on a new roof.
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It took over on October 20, just before the second nationwide lockdown, and although it was a take-out, delayed opening the site until now because it needed time to sort the suppliers.
Sukh, who now lives in Handsworth Wood, said he was now nervous about opening up after the big response to his Facebook post. He had organized the opening of Veggie Hut from Monday May 24 to be more discreet! He said last year had been “difficult” but “we just have to persevere”.
Take-out meals will be open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.