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Vegan bistro set to open in Little Rock's River Market

By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published June 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Phoebe Glass and Amir Salem are going brick-and-mortar with their Little Rock-based Shambala Vegan Mobile Kitchen, opening Blue Sage Vegan Bistro sometime within the next couple of weeks in the former Mason's Deli space in the River Market's Ottenheimer Market Hall, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock.

They'll serve breakfast from 7-10 a.m., including biscuits and milkless Southern black pepper or chocolate gravy, "chick'n" and waffles (actually cauliflower -- "We've had people spit it out because they thought we had actually given them meat," Glass says) and grab-and-go oatmeals, fruit salads and chia pudding; the 11 a.m.-2 p.m. lunch menu will include "Buffalo Bites" (cauliflower chicken wings), spiral-out shoestring fries smothered in "cheeze" sauce and green onions and aioli, vegan sloppy Joes and what Glass calls the "supafresh" bowl, amassing at least 25 grams of protein via chickpeas, spinach, quinoa, carrots, celery and aioli.

A post on Shambala's Facebook page says they'll offer delivery services and will maintain the food truck for festivals -- including this weekend's East Village Street Food Jam -- and special occasions. For the moment, use the Shambala phone number: (501) 286-2684. It's the second vegan establishment in the Market Hall -- Shiem Swift closed The Veg early in 2016.

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