So PLANT is back! After a hectic 3 weeks of re-organizing and a little renovating here and there, the place is back in business. A huge thank you to everyone who waited patiently (and apparently not so patiently for some of you, haha) for its return, and sincere apologies to those who traveled far to eat PLANT food, only to be disappointed and find the place in a complete state of disarray during the hiatus. Before we opened, I was really nervous about having to operate it as the sole owner, and having to oversee every. single. thing. But thankfully, I found some great part time helpers to ease the load. You know, gathering my minions… :) *evil grin* Hopefully I can foster a good work environment that is fun but also challenging and inspiring. Anyway, despite all my anxiety, PLANT reopened without any major hitches, and it was so lovely to see familiar faces again. I half expected people to forget about PLANT, but you guys remembered, and you came back! <3
So here are a few interior changes I made to the shop. Nothing crazy like tearing down walls or anything… just a little paint, new furniture, and fixing etc. If you came to PLANT before the change, this is how you’ll remember it:
To recap, I painted the back wall with chalk board paint, and then replaced the big table in the back with three smaller marble tables, and also installed bench seating against the wall. There are also cushions along the bench seating now (they arrived after I took the pic). A lot of people have asked if I made the physical space bigger because it just looks more spacious. But nope! Same amount of space, just optical illusion~~ maaagic. :) jk. It’s still the same PLANT, but tidier. I tried to give it more of a polished look, rather than the cluttered home-decor feel which is what it was rockin’ before. haha.
From back left to front right: Green Power Smoothie, Lemon bundt cake, iced soy chai, smoky tempeh salad with pita bread, pumpkin gingerbread cookie cake, and dark chocolate peanut butter cake. Like my sparkly new marble tables?
I also installed a bench outside the kitchen window for customers to sit while waiting on a busy Saturday, or to chill out there when the weather is nice. I like it when people sit right outside our window, and plus, it’s nice to see the bench being put to good use.
One thing that hasn’t changed is that PLANT is still doing meals! I’m still cooking the same food I’ve been making this whole time… things like chickpea melt grilled sandwiches (as pictured above), TLT wraps, veggie burgers, burritos, kale salads, etc, etc. The menu will continue to change every week or so. In the past, we always posted the weekly menu on the Facebook page, but we haven’t been so diligent about that lately, and I’m not sure how on-top-of-it I will be now. Feel free to call the shop that day to ask what our menu is. Or better yet, just come with an open mind, and in return, we’ll do our best not to disappoint you. :)
Check out our new eco-friendly take-out boxes! Looks like one of those Whole Foods boxes… :P Before, we used plastic to-go containers, and I just didn’t feel good about the whole thing. So I was ecstatic to find these paper ones. They’re great, and hopefully better for the environment.
So there you have it. Welcome to PLANT 2.0. As always, thank you to everyone who has been supporting Alien’s Day Out and PLANT from the beginning. I couldn’t do what I do with you guys’ support, whether you’re family, one of my closest friends, a regular customer, or even a distant blog reader overseas…. you guys totally rock! Hope you will continue to join me on this bizzare veggie adventure~ ta ta!