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Meet Pinky Cole, CEO + Founder of famed vegan burger chain “Slutty Vegan”

Pinky Cole is the famed CEO + Founder of the celebrity favorite vegan burger chain Slutty Vegan and is now opening a new restaurant in Harlem! The Slutty Vegan Harlem opening is a homecoming of sorts for Pinky because her first-ever restaurant called Pinky’s Jamaican & American Restaurant was in Harlem and closed in 2016 after a fire. She has graced the covers of Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, Jet Magazine, featured in People Magazine and Forbes, and now for the first time with her Harlem opening is ready to share with you why this restaurant is her redemption story.

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Pinky Cole is an unstoppable force in the food industry. Since launching Slutty Vegan in 2018, she’s been on a mission to make vegan food more accessible, affordable, and approachable. Already one of the foremost restaurateurs in the South, the Atlanta-based entrepreneur now has her eyes set on expansion outside the region. Her passion to create a vegan restaurant that was not just for vegans, but for everyone who wanted a delicious, plant-based meal has paid off. Slutty Vegan is currently valued at $100 million, and Cole is opening 20 more locations after a successful Series A funding round.

The new outpost will be the brand’s eighth brick-and-mortar, opening on the heels of its New York sister location in Brooklyn, which opened in September 2022. In addition to her crave-worthy food, Pinky has become popular across America for her empowerment of the Black community and for her charitable work focused on bringing economic opportunities to communities of color. She is the founder of the Pinky Cole Foundation, which provides a roadmap for black economic progress achieved by creatively leveraging economic opportunities, successful risk-taking, and innovation.

Pinky is the working mom visionary behind Slutty Vegan known for changing the world with her vegan comfort food, philanthropy & activism as profiled on CNNBon AppetiteForbesNational NBC NewsTamron HallEssence & more. She also was nominated this year for an NAACP Award for her cookbook Eat Plants, B*tch via Simon & Schuster imprint 13A.She recently graced the cover of Essence Magazine and was featured with her baby for the first time in People Magazine.

Dedicated to reinventing vegan food culture, Slutty Vegan’s crave-worthy, indulgent menus and joyful customer interactions draw locals and visitors to eagerly wait in now-infamous lines down the block for vegan burgers and more. Sluttified fans include celebrities Snoop DoggJustin TimberlakeJermaine DupriTaraji P. HensonTyler PerryTiffany HaddishQueen Latifah, etc.

Chef, Mom, Serial Entrepreneur, Brand Strategist, and Veteran Television Producer, Pinky pours all her love, experience, and talent into a recipe for success.


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