Aberdeen’s first permanent vegan cafe has beat its crowdfunding target to help fit out a new premises.
Last month the venue, which has until now been run solely by volunteers, leased a new premises on Skene Street and launched a crowdfunding campaign to help fit it out.
The £12,000 target was to go towards funding furniture and fittings inside the cafe.
With days to spare the £12,000 goal was beaten and the total at the end of the drive was around £12,944.
Claire Sweeney, one of Bonobo’s founding members, said: “We’re over the moon.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone.
“We’re doing it for them and we’ll do our best to make it a really awesome space to use.
“I’m really excited about seeing the progress. I feel the building hasn’t been used to its full potential.”
At present Aberdeen does not even have a 100% vegetarian restaurant, so Claire believes Bonobo being successful could lead the way to more similar eateries opening.
She said: “I think it’s going to be something for Aberdeen to build on in the future.
“The response on social media has been really overwhelming as well.
“Now we know we’ve got the target we have a better idea of what we can do.”
Claire said they were aiming to officially open the cafe, which will have a capacity of around 25, by the end of April.
She added: “It’s really, really exciting.”
Ah, the Ploughman's – a classic, hearty sandwich for a busy, working lunch. And now #vegan, of course. 🤗 Vegan cheese, homemade pickle chutney and crispy lettuce, served on our home-baked, seeded bread. Simple, but healthy and delicious. This is just the beginning, though. We've only just started veganising everything we want for the new menu. 😏 So stay tuned Aberdeen, there's more to come. #bonobocafe
The cafe is aiming to move away from the more stereotypical idea of wholefood vegan meals and serve up versions of more mainstream food.
Claire said: “We don’t want to be just selling juices and wholefoods.
“We will have healthy things on the menu but we also want comfort food, things people are familiar with, burgers and sausages.”
Claire added they will be using vegan cheese and meat alternatives.
The cafe will offer customers various wraps, soups, hotpots and even a full English breakfast.