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Soy's in the 'hood

A vegan restaurant across from the Old North End Variety? By fall, there could be a soy-smoothie source in the space formerly occupied by the Greener Pastures vintage clothing shop. The owner of China Express - on Shelburne Road and North Street - plans to serve a healthier crowd at the New Ethic Café.

Actually, one of Sam Lai's workers, Owen Hoppe, will run the place. The 23-year-old vegan promises sandwiches, veggie burgers and "a lot of raw stuff" in a counter-service setting he envisions as "something '50s meets something sort of lounge-ish." He's also developing a recipe for vegan soft-serve ice cream. "I won't have anything non-vegan in the building," Hoppe assures.

There's plenty of demand for animal-product-free food, as Lai has discovered running a restaurant down the street. You can create your own tofu dish - and substitute brown for white rice - at the Old North End's China Express.

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Paula Routly

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Paula Routly came to Vermont to attend Middlebury College. After graduation, she stayed and worked as a dance critic, arts writer, news reporter and editor before she started Seven Days newspaper with Pamela Polston in 1995. Routly covered arts news, then food, and, starting in 2008, focused her editorial energies... more

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