Burger Patch vegan fast food restaurant opens in Davis, California
Vegan fast food Hamburger patch will open in downtown Davis on Monday, co-owner Phil Horn confirmed in an email to The Sacramento Bee on Friday.
The restaurant at 500 1st St., Suite 9, in the Davis Commons Mall, will offer essentially the same menu as its downtown Sacramento counterpart, including agave milkshakes, faux pulled pork, and burgers made with Beyond Meat and Daiya cheeze. Nicole Michaels, a Day 1 employee at the downtown Burger Patch location, will run the Davis store under the direction of General Manager Stephen Leopold.
The expansion comes just over a year after Phil and his wife Danea Horn launched Burger Patch’s original location at 2301 K St. in Sacramento. Danea Horn is a PhD candidate in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis, making the college town a logical second destination.
The owners visit potential new locations in Northern California about once a week and hope to announce their next store by the end of the year, Phil said.
At 1,500 square feet, the Davis’ Burger Patch is twice the size of the Sacramento location and will accommodate dining room seating with precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus, such as disinfection of hard surfaces every 30 minutes and a requirement for all staff to wear masks. He will also end up selling beer and wine, unlike the downtown store.
Proceeds from each sale will go to various local charities each month as part of Burger Patch’s “Patch Match” program. Burger Patch is paying to round the change on all June purchases to the nearest dollar, and plans to donate the $ 3,000 to $ 5,000 to nonprofits that primarily help African Americans through Sacramento Building Healthy Communities at the end of the month.
“As we go along, the idea with each of the locations is that they will be contributing to specific nonprofits around them, so Davis would serve Davis,” Phil Horn said. “But as we launch this (store), we will be rolling it over to benefit the organizations that are primarily in the South Sac area.”
Burger Patch also called on local restaurants to employ women in at least half of their managerial and executive positions through an initiative called “Grill power“last December.
Burger Patch will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week in Davis.