By Jesse Donaldson After a string of different jobs – including stonemason, caregiver and store manager – Itamar Shani discovered his calling in a rather unlikely place: the back of a food truck. “It was there I realized that I was a chef,” he says. “All my life, I’d been writing in a recipe book.
The Chickpea food truck has been a big hit with Vancouverites, who have been lining up for its Mediterranean-inspired vegetarian food since it opened for business in 2016. Now, owners Rotem Tal and Itamar Shani have opened a restaurant on on Main Street that’s attracting diners with its popular plant-based comfort food.
If you liked the food truck, believe us when we tell you, you are gonna be obsessed with the restaurant. Chickpea has really nailed it with their brick and mortar space. Located at 4298 Main Street, this spot is opening soon – no official date yet – but you can expect to see an announcement via the eatery’s social channels in the very near future.
We got you hyped with our preview of the eats and bevys from this highly-anticipated vegan spot, and now it’s time for you to try the offerings yourself. Chickpea’s restaurant, located at 4298 Main Street, will officially be open Thursday, July 20 from 6 pm ’til midnight, and then every day after that you can head to the new eatery for regular lunch and dinner service.
Chickpea, a popular Vancouver food truck known for its vegetarian and Mediterranean-inspired dishes, will be opening a restaurant at 4298 Main Street this month. Situated within walking distance of other veggie-friendly joints like MeeT on Main (4288 Main Street) and East is East (4433 Main Street), the 2,400-square-foot space will serve Chickpea’s full food-truck menu, plus a selection of newly introduced dishes, desserts, and a full beer and cocktail program.
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Not so long ago, street food was seen as something undesirable and inherently un-cool. After all, why eat from a truck when you could sit down in a proper restaurant? Today, food truck cuisine is a recognized and celebrated part of Vancouver’s cultural identity.
Chickpeas, the humble base for hummus, falafel and other beloved Mediterranean dishes, have long been a favourite food for vegetarians. Now, they’ve also become synonymous with in-demand, healthy fast food for Vancouver food truck fans. With Chickpea, Rotem Tal and Itamar Shani have created a menu made up of salads, platters and pita breads that even the most hardened carnivores can enjoy.
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