North Park's Anthem Vegan Announces Impending Closure

March 29, 2019

It was one of the country's first and only exclusively vegan diner and deli concepts, but it was likely a bit ahead of its time. After a little more than a year in business, Anthem Vegan has announced that it will close its 4,000 square-foot North Park location after this weekend's service.

"It’s with a very heavy heart and is incredibly sad to announce, Anthem North Park will be closing its doors on Sunday, March 31st," said owner Patrick Murray. "We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us and we hope to see you one last time over the weekend. Many thanks to the staff, customers, Vegan in San Diego for organizing the First Friday Night Markets and the great neighborhood of North Park! Thank you for being a part of it all. North Park is our home and it’s where we got our start and we’re beyond thankful for all the great times we’ve had here. Come on out for one more Chikn Waffle Taco for brunch, or one last Spaghetti Sunday. We will continue on in Chula Vista, and rebuild from there."

The 100% plant-based Anthem Vegan was founded in 2013 by Patrick Murray, who began as a weekly, invite-only pop-up called Vegan Speakaeasy Brunch, which eventually grew from a supper club & catering company into a farmers market & brewery vendor. The menu of indulgent, mock-meat dishes, reminiscent of omnivore favorites, quickly made Anthem a popular destination for vegans and carnivores alike. In early 2018, after a successful Kickstarter campaign the year prior, Anthem Vegan opened its first brick-and-mortar at the 4,000+ square-foot space at 2611 El Cajon Boulevard in the heart of North Park. Anthem also recently installed what is dubbed the "Southland Anthem Annex" within Brew Bar coffee shop on 3rd Avenue in the heart of Chula Vista. The South County outpost will remain in operation.

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