Beetbox: Juke Fried Chicken’s new plant-based concept

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      When Juke Fried Chicken announced it would be closing its West End spot, Little Juke, people were sad to see it go. Its original location in Chinatown (182 Keefer Street) still stands.

      But when one door closes, another opens (figuratively and literally).

      The space at 1074 Davie Street will soon be occupied by Beetbox, a new plant-based concept from the brains of Juke’s owners, Justin Tisdall and Bryan Satterford.

      The meatless comfort-food spot will make its debut on October 10, serving up a 100 percent plant-based menu featuring mains, hot sides, and salads.

      Items like fried chick-un sandwich (breaded and fried seitan, miso aioli, shaved cabbage, and spicy pickled cucumber), burger with cheese (plant-based patty, aquafaba thousand island sauce, and fried onion), chorizo-verde on a bun (housemade sausage, slaw, pickled onions, and crispy fried onions) will be offered.

      Pair your meal with sides like chili cheese fries (meat-free chili, queso, and cashew sour cream), tempura onion rings (curry tempura batter, sweet white onions, and chipotle aioli), and crispy fried brussel sprouts (with pumpkin seed dukkah).

      Salads like baby gem (avocado dressing, oven-dried tomatoes, and white beans), roasted kabocha squash salad (endive, arugula, fennel, red onion, and red wine vinaigrette), and beet and apple (candied pecans, maple dressing, dill, and horseradish) will be available.

      The counter-service eatery will also have a bar, pouring drinks like local craft beer, vegan-friendly B.C. wine, handcrafted cocktails, mocktails, kombucha, and vegan milkshakes made from locally sourced nut, cashew, and oat milk.

      “We worked hard to create a menu that was accessible to everyone, ethical and most importantly, delicious,” Satterford said in a press statement. “As an omnivore chef, I was able to approach it from a different angle and design a menu of meat alternatives that has the feel, texture and taste of the real thing.”

      Its plant-based offerings may not appeal to die-hard meat-lovers, but you may be surprised at how much you'll enjoy a vegan burger once you take a bite into Beetbox's chick-un burger. 

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