San Diego-Based Vegan Fast Food Chain Plant Power To Open Location On UCSD Campus

July 22, 2020

Growing San Diego-based vegan drive-through chain Plant Power Fast Food will open its eighth outpost on the University of California San Diego campus.

Plant Power Fast Food was started by Mitch Wallis, who is also the founder of Hillcrest's Evolution Fast Food. The first location of Plant Power Fast Food opened in Ocean Beach in January 2016 and quickly became a popular destination for those craving healthy and plant-based versions of traditional fast food offerings. After launching an online crowd-sourced funding initiative with the goal to make the company a national chain, a second location debuted in Encinitas in 2017, followed by a third launched in Redlands, CA. There is also a local branch in San Diego's Rolando area near SDSU, as well as locations in Long Beach, Riverside, Redlands, and Fountain Valley, CA. In the next couple years, the company aims to launch a food truck in Los Angeles and open more locations around San Diego and Orange Counties, as well as spread outside of California.

The new Plant Power will soon install within Venue D at the incoming, 10 acre UCSD North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Campus, which is set to unveil during the 2020-2021 academic year. Unlike most other branches, there will not be a drive-up window for car dining or take out, so patrons will have to get their food through an indoor counter-service system. Like other locations, the menu will be entirely plant-based with absolutely no meat, animal products, or GMOs. Expect items like the mock meat spicy Buffalo chicken sandwich and the meatless BBQ burger with onion rings and vegan cheddar 'cheese'. The eatery also serves an assortment of hot dogs, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads, smoothies, desserts and more, as well as offers a popular breakfast menu that features bagels and vegan cream cheese and 'egg' sandwiches.

Plant Power Fast Food UCSD is slated to open as early as this fall on the new North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Campus at the West Campus Neighborhood (between Muir and Marshall Colleges). For more information, visit