A food hall backed by Ikea’s sister company that’s due to land in Downtown San Francisco, The Meeting Place, seems to have decided on its first batch of tenants.
“Within the last week, five local restaurant operators have filed business registrations at 945 Market Street,” The San Francisco Business Times reports — one of which is the Oakland-based, vegan Mexican food concept La Venganza.
For readers who are unfamiliar with the eatery, its owner, Raul Medina, shares on the business’s website that he developed La Venganza “out of necessity”. He writes, “What was missing was a real ‘taco.’ It was salad on a tortilla. Where was the carne asada, the pollo, the pastor?”
On its menu are classic Mexican plates that typically feature ingredients such as beef cheek, tongue, and chorizo, made instead using ingredients like tomatillo, king mushrooms, and tapioca starch, to name a few, in combination with an assortment of Chinese, African, and Vietnamese spices.
More than just vegan-focused, La Venganza is committed to a cruelty-free operation. Medina shares, “As a culture we define veganism as the attack on animals, but we forget the human suffering that goes into picking our vegetables and processing the world’s meat.”
In addition to La Venganza, the two-level, 23,000-square-foot food hall plans to feature Casa Borinqueña, Curry Up Now, Momo Noodle, and The Sarap Shop — as well as three bars with local craft beer and wine.