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V-EDGE: Vegan restaurant with a difference

V-EDGE: Vegan restaurant with a difference

V-EDGE has submitted a planning application for signage at the new restaurant, Image: V-EDGE

A couple will be serving up their take on a parmo at a Middlesbrough vegan restaurant with a difference.

Alex Mountjoy and Elle Connell are behind V-EDGE, a new eatery on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough that is hoping to shun the stereotypes around vegan cuisine.

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Alex Mountjoy and Elle Connell outside of their new venture V-EDGE, Image: Ian Cooper

Co-owner Elle, 27, said: “It’s the opposite of any other vegan place you have been to. We call it vegan counterculture.

“We want to ban the word vegan, we want to invite everybody in and we just want to show them that plant-based food doesn’t have to be boring, fancy, or unnecessarily frilly and it’s accessible as well.”

Alex is the chef behind the recipes and guests can expect his vegan parmo and burgers on the menu as well as other similar-inspired dishes.

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Vegan parmo which will be served at V-EDGE, Image: V-EDGE

The plan is to start with dinner and drinks in the evening, but there are hopes to expand to also serve breakfast and lunch.

Throughout the day, cakes will be served from Elle’s other venture, ELLEPHANT, a vegan bakery, which is currently based out of a unit in Stockton.

The duo has been overwhelmed by the response from people about their new project, keen to get their fix of vegan food.

Elle added: “The response has been crazy. We do tend to get a good response, as at the moment, if you go out for a meal for vegan food it’s a place that has vegan options and it’s always very similar.

“There will be no vegetable fajitas in sight here! It’s good food, it’s well thought out and it’s something different.”

The pair are hoping the Middlesbrough spot, which was a former Subway, will bring a touch of Manchester or London to Teesside.

Elle added: “We want to bring city vibes to Middlesbrough, lots of red neon, very industrial but we are also focussed on sustainability so we have secured light fittings from British steel and we have repurposed them, the doors have all been repurposed.

“We are trying to make it as sustainable as possible while making it look really edgy and cool.”

Some might think it’s a brave time to open a new business as Covid remains creating uncertainty for the hospitality sector, however, Elle says that she has a mix of emotions.

She added: “I am mostly excited but also very nervous. I think if anyone is being honest, then, of course, you are nervous but it is mostly excitement.

“We are just ready for it because there is nowhere else in the area that you can go. So we are excited to have it for ourselves.”

The venue is currently going through the licensing process with Middlesbrough Council and has also submitted a planning application for  ‘V-EDGE’ signage on the front of the building.

While there is no official opening date yet, it is hoped that the new restaurant will be inviting in customers next month.

 

Words: Emily Craigie, Local Democracy Reporter


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