The Windy City's source for three decades worth of veggie diner cuisine

on Thursday, 06 July 2017. Posted in Inspiration

The Windy City's source for three decades worth of veggie diner cuisine

Long before vegan or even vegetarian was a relatively understood and common term in the restaurant world, Marshall "Mickey" Hornick helped spearhead what would become a steady rise in the development of the vegetarian and vegan food scene in Chicago, Illinois. As their slogan goes, "Meat free since '83" Mickey opened the first of their vegetarian diner locations in the Boystown neighborhood of the city. In an interview with Chicago Reader Mickey said, "The banks and investors thought I was absolutely crazy not to do chicken or fish or something." In an effort to combat his own bouts of asthma and hypertension Mickey started eating more veggie foods. He wanted a place he could go out to eat at and so sprung the idea for The Chicago Diner. Now with their second location in Logan Square and being one of the longest running veg restaurants in the mid-west, it's truly inspiring to see just how far Chicago has come—and to learn the roots of it all—with Mickey Hornick.

Learn more about Mickey's journey at ChicagoRead.com.
*Pictured: The Chicago Diner's classic vegan Reuben sandwich

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