June 6, 2019, Ardmore, PA – Philadelphia’s popular fast casual, all-vegan restaurant is officially opening in Ardmore on Saturday, June 8. This is the first suburban restaurant for the brand, which now has six locations in Philadelphia and DC. The restaurant is located in Suburban Square at 76 Coulter Avenue, suite 18, between Pearle Vision and Gap Kids.
“Bringing HipCityVeg to Ardmore gives us an exciting opportunity to spread our mission even further,” says Nicole Marquis, Founder and CEO of HipCityVeg. “We debunk the myth that plant-based food is just sprouts and granola by offering delicious, craveable fast food. We can eat all of our favorite foods, have them come from plants and be totally satisfied.”
To celebrate the public grand opening, HipCityVeg Ardmore will be hosting a “Nice Cream Social” from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 8, where guests can enjoy a sampling of new menu items, balloon animals, a photo booth, face painting, and more. For the grand opening, HipCityVeg will offer free banana whips all day plus 100% of proceeds donated to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Healthier Together program. The innovative program addresses the health challenges that result from the poverty that’s so prevalent in the neighborhoods surrounding CHOP. Hunger, asthma, behavioral health issues and violence, all of which negatively affect the health of the most vulnerable children in our community are addressed though this program.
HipCityVeg’s mission is to help families make smarter eating decisions by offering plant-based burgers and fries, making vegetarian options easier and less intimidating. Alongside classic, cult-favorite items like the Udon Noodle Salad and Ziggy Burger, HipCityVeg will also be selling new, house-made Chick’n Nuggets—which will be available as a combo meal with fries and a drink. HipCityVeg aims to overcome preconceived notions people have about vegan food by presenting it as a twist on American classics like burgers, shakes, and fries.
Features of the Ardmore location
- Marquis enlisted Groundswell Design of the space balances retro and modern aesthetics. The feel is super-modern and light, bright, fresh and airy.
- 50 seats indoors with outdoor café seating and a large bench that wraps around a stately tree-the layout is customer friendly, stroller friendly, and the outdoors is dog friendly
- A banana whip sundae bar—guests can enjoy the low calorie vegan alternative to ice cream and top their own creation
- Nugget menu—available in 6, 12 and 20 piece boxes with your choice of vegan dipping sauces
- Dedicated children’s menu
- Open seating to encourage guests to comfortably stay and eat
- Catering for off-site events
Opened by Philadelphia plant-based powerhouse Marquis & Co. in 2012, HipCityVeg is a 100% vegan, fast-casual restaurant. Based on the style of traditional fast food, HipCityVeg takes familiar concepts, such as burgers and fries, and turns them into equally delicious, vegan options, making it easier to have one less animal-based meal a day. To be kinder to the earth, HipCityVeg employs sustainable practices, including compostable packaging. HipCityVeg currently operates four locations in Philadelphia and one in Washington, DC. For additional information, please visit www.hipcityveg.com or @HipCityVeg.
HipCityVeg uses purely vegan ingredients, compostable materials, and fresh local produce. All ingredients are 100% organic non-GMO soy because it’s better for the earth – and better for health. All packaging is entirely compostable. HipCityVeg presents a style of food that is already familiar and popular with most people as a means of overcoming the resistance that many people have to try something vegan. The brand shows how customers how to eat all of our favorite foods, have them come from plants and be totally satisfying.
About Nicole Marquis
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, a graduate of Temple University, followed by studies at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, Ms. Marquis is part of the wave of health- conscious educated professionals that exemplify the Philadelphia restaurant renaissance.
In April 2012, after years of comprehensive preparations, Marquis opened HipCityVeg in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square to rave reviews. A Best of Philadelphia award-winning destination since its first months of operation, HipCityVeg offers a cuisine of fresh, bold flavors in a novel, yet familiar form. Its fast food-inspired, 100% plant-based menu of burgers and fries, salads and wraps, healthy drinks and desserts points to a new way of eating and healthy living. The mission of HipCityVeg is to make delicious plant-based food convenient and available to people everywhere.
A second Philadelphia HipCityVeg opened on the University of Pennsylvania campus in 2013 and the newest Philadelphia location opened in the North American Building on Broad Street in December 2016.
The brand’s national expansion began with the opening of the first Washington, D.C. HipCityVeg in June 2016. Ms. Marquis plans to grow the HipCityVeg brand with openings along the East Coast and beyond.
Ms. Marquis also created two full service plant-based restaurants, the sexy cocktail lounge and tapas restaurant Charlie was a sinner. and Bar Bombón, a Latin-inspired restaurant reminiscent of Old San Juan.
Ms. Marquis has been the subject of numerous print and television segments. She is a sought-after speaker, addressing audiences on the topics of entrepreneurialism, sustainability, food ethics and compassion for living things.