Vegan restaurants closing down across UK because of lack of customers

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TRENDY vegan restaurants are closing down across Britain because of a lack of customers.

Some of the eateries that have shut their doors have been open for less than six months.

Experts say the closures are because vegans make up just over 1 percent of the population.

Miami Burger, which sold vegan burgers, has closed in Reading after only opening in January.

Founder Tom Bursnall said: “Three months in we were getting a very loyal base of customers, but it was too narrow to sustain the very large rent.

“I’d like to say thanks to our very loyal customers. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough of them to cover the costs.”

Vegan cafe Fressh in Birmingham has also closed down just 15 months after opening.

One staff member said the owner is hoping to find another site, adding: “This one just hasn’t worked out”.

Essence Cuisine in Shoreditch, east London has also shut just 18 months after opening for the first time.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of trade association UK Hospitality, said: “Successful businesses thrive when they adapt to changing consumer tastes and offer variety.

“By offering exclusively vegan food, some venues may have made it more difficult for themselves to reach the majority of customers.”

A spokesman for the Vegan Society said: “Veganism has entered the mainstream, which may mean some independent businesses have sadly had to close as large companies are catering for vegans better.”

He added: “There are plenty of prospering vegan businesses – the demand for vegan products is certainly there.

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