Autonomous for two years, Spirit Elephant is about to lead a herd.
The group of owners behind Restaurant Winnetka, Wild Things LLC, will be opening two more herbal restaurants in the coming months.
Wild Things CEO CD Young said Elephant and Vine – a fast-serving concept – will debut at Evanston in March and Lincoln Park in June.
“We have had a lot of support and positivity from visitors (Spirit Elephant) everywhere,” Young said. “We were very encouraged and keen to spread more herbal love and decided to start a new division. ”
With its creative and colorful vegan dishes, Spiritual elephant has gained a loyal and vast following since opening at 924 Green Bay Road in Winnetka in January 2020.
Young said Spirit Elephant’s goal is to create great food that is a destination for foodies, not just vegans.
“Undeniably our success is because it’s just delicious and unique food and not just a place people go when they want to eat plant-based,” she said. . “… To really take it to the next level, you just need to be a place that people are looking for and want to go to.”
This mantra – and much of the food – will be transferred to Elephant and Vine.
Without a doubt, Young said, the popular cauliflower wings will be served at the new location, but Elephant and Vine will also offer a ‘no chuckle’ hand-breaded chicken sandwich, as well as bowls, salads, shakes. , smoothies and more.
“We want to reach both comfort-mood and healthy-mood people,” she said. “We look at it as a mood” and Elephant and Vine can satisfy both.
The “high” quick service format is different from Spirit Elephant, which is a full service restaurant. At Elephant and Vine, customers will order at the counter in what Young calls a “charming environment.”
While cocktails are a signature at Spirit Elephant, Elephant and Vine won’t serve alcohol to begin with.
The two new sites will be located near the university campuses – Northwestern University in Evanston and DePaul University in Lincoln Park. She expects the majority of business to be takeout and delivery.
With this concept, Young believes that Vine, which means a connection between all restaurants, can expand from near and far.
“The vine will be strewn from one end of the country to the other; that’s the goal, ”she said. “All linked by a love of plants. “