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Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkVegetarian & Vegan · 2 months ago

Why are vegetarian and vegan places so expensive?

Do they really lose that much money by not serving meat?

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  • 2 months ago

    It's more a matter of how many customers the places have -- there are only a small number of vegetarians who eat out regularly, and hence a kind of surcharge for that level of service.

    While vegetables and fruit might be a lot cheaper than meat on a basic level, the overheads of those places are the same (if not higher, due to perishability of the produce) as regular restaurants and such like.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    They are usually smaller restaurants. They are less likely to be able to buy items like napkins, cutlery, soap in bulk. Overhead (rent, insurance, etc) is usually the same, but their customer base is small, so they need to get more from each customer.

    They may.buy a lot of fresh produce which can go bad quickly.

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  • Daisy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    They are usually smaller restaurants. They are less likely to be able to buy items like napkins, cutlery, soap in bulk. Overhead (rent, insurance, etc) is usually the same, but their customer base is small, so they need to get more from each customer.

    They may.buy a lot of fresh produce which can go bad quickly.

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  • Louis
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    2 months ago

    I don't believe that is true. Well, there is almost no vegan cheap fast food - mostly because vegans, in general, don't want to eat that stuff. 

    But there are vegetarian and vegan places at every price point. 

    There are actually very few truly vegan restaurants. Mostly its vegetarian restaurants that have some vegan dishes.

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  • 2 months ago

    Its a hussle because the fruit market is cheap

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  • 2 months ago

    Lots of things come to mind. Cost of the employees, you have to hire people that know how to prepare the food in a way that the avg Joe would consider it good enough to come back.

    You'd be dealing with mostly fresh products that have a short shelf life even with refrigeration. 

    Most new restaurants on average, whether they serve meat or not, close in under 2 years, especially if there is nothing like it in the surrounding 20 to 50 of it. 

    Far too many vegan/vegetarian restaurants try to be fine dining or fast food in areas that need or want something else. 

    And as Robert stated, supply and demand. You very well may have 100 friends and family that like your vegan dishes that you bring to get togethers, church functions or a cousin's wedding, but you will be hard pressed to get even the vegan/vegetarians in that group to pay and eat your menu on a daily bases, let alone on a monthly bases if you are priced higher than what they can get anywhere else with more food for the dollar. 

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  • audrey
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes. We've had several vegan/vegetarian restaurants in our area over the years, all have gone under.

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  • 2 months ago

    Supply and demand.

    Their customer base is far smaller than for a normal restaurant, so each customer has to pay more for them to make the same profit and pay wages.

    And, they also probably charge even more because they know there is nowhere else for vegans to go to have a meal out.

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  • patty
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    yeah makes u wonder.maybe they use organic stuff.

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