Baseball fans can expect more than peanuts and crackerjacks. Even fans looking for a cold ice cream cone or a hot dog can find plant-based versions of these classic ball game concessions. Now, Washington Nationals fans will be able to get an all-vegan hot dog thanks to Beyond Meat and HipCityVeg — an East Coast vegan fast food restaurant with big plans for national expansion.
Seeing that Nationals Park was running out of vegan options for its plant-based attendees, the local chain decided to cater to Washington DC baseball fans looking for meatless options. Starting May 23, fans can grab Beyond Sausage brats, side dishes and drinks on the way to the stadium.
“We wanted to capture the essence of a traditional baseball outing with the Nats stadium right there. You can literally throw a baseball at it, it’s so close,” said HipCityVeg founder Nicole Marquis. “People taking the metro pass in front of us. So when I saw that, I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be fun if we sold hot dogs?’
Customers can pick up a vegan hot dog and take it to the stands to enjoy the game. HipCityVeg will provide the classic spread of hot dog toppings without any animal-derived ingredients. The cart will arrive two hours before the games and will remain until the first inning. Locals can also find the cart at Half Street Central Farm Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“We’re excited to bring plant-based kids to the ballpark,” Marquis said. “America’s favorite sport is all about traditions, like supporting the home team with a hot dog in hand. We’re giving our turn to those beloved game day rituals with a hot dog stand vegans a short walk from the center field.
National expansion of HipCityVeg Eyes
HipCityVeg intends to change DC’s food scene by introducing an affordable vegan fast food option. Now, the Philadelphia-based chain is eyeing a national expansion after a decade of success on the East Coast. Last February, Marquis opened its 10th location in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, with plans to reach 15 storefronts by late spring 2022. The restaurant chain has a strong focus on takeout and delivery, noting that more consumers than ever want takeout.
“We want to make plant-based eating easy and convenient for everyone, and we plan to be the leader in this category,” Marquis said. “In five years, we will have hundreds of restaurants across the country and around the world. I never doubted it, and my firm belief in achieving this level of success against all odds is what has always fueled me and my team of strong leaders.
Currently, HipCityVeg has locations in New York, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and suburban Philadelphia.
Eating vegan for baseball fans
America’s favorite pastime has historically been tied to hot dogs, chili, and other foods that shut out plant lovers. Now, Major League Baseball stadiums nationwide have changed their menus to include plant-based options, offering vegan guests everything from vegan nachos to vegetarian dogs.
While most baseball fields offer vegan or vegetarian options, 12 MLB stadiums have gone above and beyond to provide innovative and healthier meal choices for all guests. Baseball fans can find dairy-free cheese nachos at Texas Rangers Stadium or Oatly Soft Serve at Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs).
Off the pitch, chef Matthew Kenney is collaborating with local entrepreneurs Mary Dumont and Pat McAuley to open an all-vegan pub next to Fenway Park in Boston. The plant-based grill aims to serve classic stadium fare with a vegan twist to Boston Red Sox fans. PlantPub’s menu will include several burgers, hot dogs, Bavarian pretzels and Buffalo cauliflower wings.
“Fenway is ground zero in Boston and we couldn’t think of a better place to show the fact that plant-based cooking can be truly appetizing and fulfilling and satisfying,” Kenney told the Boston Globe. “We are confident that we will be able to meet the expectations of Boston sports fans, guests, college students and, of course, the local community.”
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