South east London jerk chicken restaurant, Buster Mantis has announced it is to make “dramatic” changes in the kitchen in order to turn fully vegan.
The change to plant-based food inspired by Jamaican cuisine was made following successful pop-ups hosted by chef Denai Moore, who is famous for her vegan alternatives for traditional Jamaican meals.
The restaurant said “a couple of customers” have already walked out because they couldn’t have the jerk chicken the restaurant has become famous for. The move to vegan is only for three months, it is unknown whether there are plans to continue the menu after that.
The restaurant stands by its decision to go vegan replying to unhappy customers on Twitter with a shrugging shoulders emoji.
Buster Mantis made the announcement in a statement posted to Facebook this morning, which read: “Morning all, happy Monday. We have a big announcement, for the next three months we’re going 100% vegan. Based on the amazing response to the two pop ups we hosted with her, we’ve decided to collaborate with @denaimoore and @dees_table [SIC] for a plant-based take on the Jamaican food that we’ve known and loved our whole lives.
“This is the first time in our nearly 3-year life that we’ve changed our kitchen so drastically, and we’ve already had a few customers walk out when they couldn’t get their beloved Buster Mantis jerk chicken.”