Monday, April 16 is the opening date for HipCityVeg, a vegan fast-food cafe at 127 S. 18th St., on the block north of Rittenhouse Square that's also home to Serafina and a.kitchen.
In her ownership debut, Nicole Marquis, a former manager at the late vegan landmark Horizons, wants to make vegan grub "convenient, affordable, and delicious."
Chef Rich Landau, who transitioned from Horizons into the white-hot destination restaurant Vedge, mapped out the menu, which will be executed by chef Lauren Hooks. Landau also inspired the shop's name, Marquis said.
The Elkins Park-raised Marquis was a vegetarian steered to a vegan diet several years ago after she read The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, which extols its benefits.