Boston gets the world’s largest vegan sports bar

A new vegan sports bar is opening in Boston, Massachusetts, this spring. PlantPub will open its second location directly across from Fenway Park baseball stadium, the 110-year-old home of the Red Sox.

The restaurant is a collaboration between company co-founders, serial entrepreneur Pat McAuley, vegan investor Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni and executive chef Mary Dumont, in partnership with celebrity vegan chef Mathew Kenney.

Created to make plant-based foods more appealing and accessible to everyday sports fans, the new PlantPub will serve burgers, Buffalo cauliflower wings, nachos and pizza. This location will also include beloved New England desserts like Boston cream pie and sundaes.

PlantPub’s new branch is more than five times larger than the original location, which launched in Cambridge last year, at 8,000 square feet. It can accommodate nearly 300 people and Dumont told the boston globe that having access to a bigger kitchen means she can create more new menu items, including vegan hot dogs “with all the trimmings.”

PlantPub was co-founded by chef Mary Dumont (left), Boston-based entrepreneur Pat McAuley (right), and entrepreneur Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni. | Ellen McDermott Photography/PlantPub

PlantPub Boston: the largest vegan sports bar in the world

In addition to launching a plant-based version of the iconic “Fenway Frank” hot dog, PlantPub will serve an array of craft beers and alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, all from New England-based brewers and producers.

“We mimic all the flavors people know and love in a whole plant-based form,” says Dumont. “We have the opportunity to expose so many people to a new way of eating that is becoming more and more mainstream.”

Kenney’s partnership was born when he had already signed a lease on the old Boston BeerWorks building, then decided to collaborate rather than “create a new concept”. It is now also a partner of the Cambridge site and they plan to expand to other cities in the future.

“I loved what they were doing – the product, the brand… It seemed like a perfect fit,” Kenney says. “Fenway is ground zero in Boston and we couldn’t think of a better location to showcase the fact that plant-based cuisine can be truly irresistible, fulfilling and satisfying.”

The celebrity chef now owns or operates 60 different restaurants around the world and is the author of more than a dozen cookbooks. Kenney is known for his role in pioneering plant-based cuisine into the mainstream. He launched a new sustainable, all-vegan restaurant at Selfridges earlier this year.

McAuley described the partnership with Kenney as a “dream”, adding that “he is the leader in the plant-based culinary world…He paved the way for everyone else”.

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