Stalk & Spade opening vegan restaurant in Des Moines metro
Stalk & Spade — the self-proclaimed "plant-based McDonald's of the future" — is expanding into the Des Moines metro this summer, CEO Steele Smiley told Axios.
- While no specific location has been announced yet, Smiley said the metro can expect several restaurants from the Minnesota-based company to open soon.
State of play: The fast-casual restaurant has everything a vegan diner could want, but meat-eaters may find themselves surprised by how much they like the menu as well, Smiley said.
- Everything is plant-based, from the burger patties and "chick'n" nuggets all the way down to the dipping sauces and milkshakes.
What he's saying: Both the menu and branding are meant to be fun, Smiley said, reminiscing on the excitement kids feel getting a Happy Meal.
- Stalk & Spade has kids meals too, plus other unique options like a Spicy Sriracha Chick'n sandwich, sweet potato fries and ice cream cones.
- "I'm excited to see the family's faces as they take the first bite and say, "Holy cow," Smiley said. "And it's not a cow."
What's next: Expect to see the first location announced in the next month.
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