International news | Despite the controversy, a vegan restaurant will serve meat.

To draw guests, The Mango Tree in Somerset, England, will reopen with meat on the menu.



The Mango Tree, a vegan restaurant in Taunton, Somerset, has announced it will be reinventing itself with a meat-inclusive menu following brief renovations. In a notice posted after it closed its doors on Saturday, it cited the prohibitively high cost of operating "as a purely vegan restaurant" as the reason.


Customers will be able to come back for "a variety of dishes to accommodate a wide variety of dietary needs and preferences" following "an exciting period of change," the restaurant announced, adding that "continuing as a strictly vegan restaurant has not been sustainable for a considerable amount of time as not enough customers supported us."


The restaurant made an effort to spin the news in a positive light, assuring vegan customers that they would still be able to enjoy the same "delicious plant-based dishes that would otherwise have disappeared." The establishment even made an effort to quell any potential ethical criticism by stating that "ethics extend to the jobs and welfare of our wonderful team, to whom we owe a great deal, and another chance."


But other vegan customers found the compromise to be offensive and criticized the decision on social media. Selling meat is worse than shutting down! "One commentator tweeted, while another speculated that the proprietors had to be vegans for them to forgo going out of business in favor of not resorting to exploiting animals.


"Veganism is not a commercial endeavor. One customer said, "It's an ethical mindset that does the best for the animals, the world, and public health," while another made fun of the Mango Tree's "expensive costs" by saying that up until this point, the establishment's "authenticity and plant-based ideals" had justified the cost.


Others came up with less noble explanations for why the meaty new Mango Tree would fail. One commenter snarled, "I suppose they'll find meat is more expensive now." In the self-inflicted energy crisis engulfing Europe, non-vegan enterprises have also suffered, with 70% of UK pubs indicating they anticipate going out of business by the winter without government help.


The Mango Tree refused to change its mind about becoming omnivorous, claiming that it had tried every method of reaching out to its vegan customers imaginable, including "lots of marketing, many special offers, offering dine in and takeaway, introducing the use of home delivery partners, and working extremely hard to be as efficient as possible," but that "not enough of the local population [used] us regularly enough to make continuing in the current format sustainable."


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