Vegan Restaurant Chain Native Foods Cafe Closing San Diego Location

May 16, 2023

Vegan fast-casual restaurant chain Native Foods Cafe is closing one of its last remaining San Diego locations.  

Native Foods Café was founded in 1994 by Tanya Petrovna in Palm Springs, CA, offering an entirely vegan menu of American comfort foods. In 2009, the brand was acquired by Daniel Dolan and Andrea McGinty, who relocated the company to Chicago.

This summer, the Native Foods Cafe on Balboa Avenue in San Diego's Clairemont Mesa will permanently close. The branch at 3369 Rosecrans Street will remain open for the foreseeable future. Both locations opened in 2014. There was also once a branch in Encinitas Village, but that restaurant shuttered in 2020. Native Foods Cafe has gone from having 26 branches around the country in 2015 to only 10 today. 

Native Foods Cafe will close after end of service on July 10 at 5604 Balboa Avenue in San Diego's Clairemont Mesa. For more information, visit