Popular Amsterdam vegan chain, Vegan Junk Food Bar, is expanding to Barcelona as it announces plans to open later this year.
The current global situation is a challenging time for many vegan businesses. The Netherlands is no exception, with physical eateries closed since 15th March and no firm date for reopening. There are fears of recession and bankruptcy. But this does not stop Amsterdam’s Vegan Junk Food Bar, and their aim to veganize the world!
Vegan Junk Food Bar (VJFB) opened as a small restaurant in Amsterdam West in 2017. Within one year they had expanded and won prizes at the Dutch vegan awards.
There are already four Vegan Junk Food Bar restaurants in Amsterdam and one in Rotterdam, with the first international branch set to open later this year in Barcelona. This week the company confirmed its sixth Dutch branch will be opening in September at a prime location in the northern and very student-friendly city of Groningen.
Vegan Junk Food Bar serves its own innovative burgers, alongside a range of fries, vegan versions of traditional Dutch snacks, plant-based fish dishes, desserts and drinks.
Bars and physical restaurants remain closed in The Netherlands but locals can still get their VJFB fix. All branches of VJFB remained open for takeout and delivery. Customers ordering at home even receive a special gift roll of branded toilet paper to help them stay home during the Netherlands ‘intelligent lockdown’. Their sister restaurant Kebabi, which operates out of a local bar, was closed for several weeks but has quietly reopened now that Dutch lockdown is easing off.
In the last week, Vegan Junk Food Bar also launched the sale of various signature products in certain Dutch supermarkets.
VJFB’s sauces can now be found in Deen. Several of their meat and fish substitutes including two varieties of Sashimi, vegan bacon and ‘Lemon Shrimpz’ are now available in certain branches of Jumbo. Until now all of these products were only available from VJFB direct.