LabTech, owner of Camden Market, has announced the signing of plant-based restaurant Bad Vegan for its first-ever site at Buck Street Market, the UK’s first eco-conscious consumer market.
Bad Vegan was born from a lockdown conversation between experienced brand creator Mark Emms and chef Tom Kerridge, who have since co-founded the business. The new food brand focuses on providing a fundamentally vegan menu, as part of its mission to introduce more people to plant-based food.
However, unlike most vegan establishments, it also offers non-vegan toppings and sides, to cater to people who want to consume more plant-based food but follow a non-vegan diet, with strict kitchen protocols in place to ensure no cross-contamination.
The revolutionary fast-food restaurant has taken two of Buck Street Market’s shipping containers, covering 415 sq ft on the top floor of the eco-conscious food and retail destination.
Set to launch in the summer, the Bad Vegan menu will offer a range of innovative vegan ‘hero’ dishes, alongside vegan shakes and unique partnership beers with the iconic Camden Town Brewery.
Mark Emms, Founder of Bad Vegan, commented, “Our principles are simple – we want to encourage people to make small changes to their diet, incorporating more plant-based food.
'We know that a growing number of consumers want to commit to this, but a purely vegan diet isn’t for everyone, so by adding a small amount of non-vegan elements our food retains familiarity whilst being predominantly vegan.
'Buck Street Market, and Camden generally, embraces sustainability like no other destination, so this is the perfect place to build the Bad Vegan brand.”
Maggie Milosavljevic, LabTech’s Commercial Director, said, “At the very heart of Buck Street Market’s ethos is sustainability, and Bad Vegan complements this perfectly, with a menu offer focused on veganism and a mission statement to have more people eating more plant-based food.
'This is the ideal location to nurture this brand and this idea, and we are confident Bad Vegan will attract vegan and non-vegan fans alike.”
When Buck Street Market is able to fully re-open, it will maintain its commitment to both safe and sustainable practices and processes, including emphasis on recycling and the zero-single-use plastic policy on-site. A one-way system, floor markers for social distancing, and hand sanitizer stations will remain in operation, and Bad Vegan, like all businesses, will adhere to government guidelines on social distancing and cleaning.