Texas vegan fast food chain gets shot at Shark Tank
A Texas restaurant concept is lining up for a crack in the startup lottery: Project Pollothe fast-casual vegan chicken chain from San Antonio, will be featured on shark tankABC’s reality show where entrepreneurs pitch their business idea to deep-pocketed “sharks” in hopes of attracting investment seed money.
According to a statement, Project Pollo CEO and founder Lucas Bradbury will appear solo in the episode on May 20 at 7 p.m. It is also the season finale of the series.
“We were beyond thrilled when we had the opportunity to film for the show and receive valuable feedback from such a talented group of sharks!” Bradbury said in a statement. “The Pollo Project is here to show the world that the future of mass consumption is plant-based.”
Bradbury founded Project Pollo in 2020 as a concept that resembles a fast-food chicken restaurant in every way except the menu is entirely vegan.
The menu includes vegan sandwiches, wraps and chicken strips, plus sides including crispy papas, aka fries, smothered in cashew queso and mac and cheese, which you can get plain or topped with chicken nuggets.
They also have indulgent burgers and decadent milkshakes.
The Pollo Project aims to change the face of the fast food industry by providing affordable, delicious, and convenient access to high-quality plant-based options for everyone from vegans to curious carnivores.
They currently have 11 Pitches in San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Dallas, some with drive-thru. And 2022 is shaping up to be a busy year: they opened a Dallas location on Greenville Avenue in February, and another in Round Rock in April, with more locations coming this summer, including San Marcos, Corpus Christi and two other locations in Austin. .
At this rate, their goal of having 100 stores open by 2024 seems more than viable.
In addition to its plant-based mission, Project Pollo also emphasizes fair wages, people over profit, and sustainability, which a lot of restaurants talk about, but Project Pollo actually does, by using paper-based packaging and compostable utensils.
Although the release does not reveal the result of the show, there is a good chance that the concept will attract the interest of shark tank star Mark Cuban, who follows a vegetarian diet himself and has done many investments in vegan brands such as Everything Legendary vegan burgers; Numilk, a machine that creates vegetable milks; and Ms. Goldfarb’s Unreal Deli vegan deli meats.
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