Earlier today I posted about a massive list of Vegan Restaurants in LA including Vegan Express and Hollywood Vegan. Sortly after making the post I was directed to a post on Livingvegan.org claiming that these two restaurants were serving products with non-vegan ingredients includingWhey.
Being vegan myself this is not a good thing to hear. Immediately I called Vegan Express [3217 Cahuenga Blvd, (323) 851-8837] and asked about this. The person I spoke to, who refused to give me his name, or the name of the manager, or the owner, denied that they served anything with Whey. When I asked for an offical statement he said “Look dude, these rumors have been flying around for a while and it’s because of a specific soy protien supplier that invcludes Whey in it’s products so you’d have to check which places use that supplier.” When I asked the name of the supplier, or the product he was referring to, he told me “you are going to have to do the work on your own, no one is going to hand you this information” and then hung up.
I tried several different numbers for Hollywood Vegan [1769 Hillhurst Ave] all of which were disconnected. Obviously this sounds very sketchy and worth looking more into. I’m going to try and swing by one of these places and ask for an ingredients list and to speak with a manager in person. If anyone else is near one of these locations and wants to try that as well, please let me know how it goes and I’ll update this post with info as I get it.