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Late night vegan joint tests the waters in Eastown

A league of vegans have banded together to create Anarchy Burger, a late night vegan joint in Eastown.
Dallas and Mike cooking up some hot vegan dishes.

Dallas and Mike cooking up some hot vegan dishes. /Anarchy Burger

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Anarchy Burger Trial Night

Saturday, April 27, 2013
10:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
421 Norwood SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
Dallas with Sam, owner of GOJO.

Dallas with Sam, owner of GOJO. /Anarchy Burger

The Anarchy Burger crew.

The Anarchy Burger crew. /Anarchy Burger

Late-night lurkers will have one less reason to feel guilty the morning after.

A group of dedicated, beer-loving foodies are opening a vegan joint and holding a trial run this Saturday from 10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. in Eastown.

This is the Year punk rocker, Dallas McCulloch, Le Cordon Bleu alumni, Mike Walker and Brickroad Pizza front of the house manager, James Lynema, are a league of vegans ready to shake the local foodie scene.

"[Anarchy Burger is] just a few guys who have a love for vegan food, like the idea of cooperative economics, and want to try making something awesome happen,” says McCulloch.

Motivated by Bartertown/Burritotown's change of hours, this group of vegans formed Anarchy Burger and spent weeks concocting recipes. McCulloch, Walker, Lynema and Jason Koleta were committed to being locally food-sourced and 100% vegan. They struck a friendship with Sam Terfa, the owner of GOJO Ethiopian Cuisine, who agreed to give them a night to test their creations on the weekend crowds.

Their trial night is going to gauge the interest in their dishes and determine their future course of action. So far, reception has been escalating throughout social media and several supporters are planning on attending their event.

“People within the local foodie culture have been stoked,” says McCulloch. “We figure we have a million people in our metro area, we can find at least 50 a night who want food late at night that doesn't suck.”

After the success of their trial event, they hope to secure more regular late nights to operate out of GOJO. Visit their Facebook page for more information and pictures of their original vegan dishes.

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