Vegan restaurant to start serving meat to secure its future

A vegan restaurant in Taunton is to begin serving meat dishes when it reopens following a refurbishment next month. The Mango Tree is to break from its ethos of only serving plant-based offerings when it opens with a new name and an evolving menu. The restaurant said the decision to offer meat dishes for the first time was essential for it to remain open, although some have criticised it for allowing the exploitation of animals.

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After closing its doors last weekend, they will re open again next month. (Image: Bertie Adam)

A Mango Tree spokesperson said: "The only other option was to close permanently. "Ethics extend to the jobs and welfare of our wonderful team, to whom we owe a great deal, and another chance." "Hospitality is increasingly tough and continuing as a purely vegan restaurant has not been sustainable for a considerable amount of time as there are simply not enough customers supporting us in our current format."

Announcing the refurbishment, restaurant manager Erik Muzic said: "We are looking forward to being able to continue serving the Taunton community with fresh and exciting dishes, alongside a brand new restaurant vibe. "We love being part of the busy Taunton Independent Quarter and are delighted that we're staying in the same location with the same restaurant team. We can't wait to open our doors again and show customers what we have been planning"

Some customers have been left unhappy by the revelation that the restaurant will no longer be exclusively vegan.

One diner said the restaurant was now likely to lose "a lot of their original vegan clientele" while another mused that they were "so disappointed" having heard the news.

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