Vegan Restaurant Chain Native Foods Cafe Closing Last San Diego Location

November 22, 2023

Vegan fast-casual restaurant chain Native Foods Cafe is closing its last remaining San Diego location after nine years in business.

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 past summer, the Native Foods Cafe on Balboa Avenue in San Diego's Clairemont Mesa permanently closed. The branch at 3369 Rosecrans Street will shutter after end of service on Saturday, November 25. 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 three today, with the last remaining California branch being the original location in Palm Springs.

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