Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar in Las Vegas (6587 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) marks the first in its franchise history to offer a vegan menu. Located at Town Square, the sports bar/whiskey bar (150 whiskeys for you to try!)/restaurant opened mid-February 2019, making it another option for vegan food at Town Square in Las Vegas.
The vegan offerings at Big Whiskey’s were inspired by the restaurant’s general manager, Brian Mangino, and Executive Chef Rob Ralph Robinette.
“They developed a fresh take on vegan cuisine specifically for Big Whiskey’s Las Vegas,” says Tony DePasquale, owner of Big Whiskey’s Las Vegas. “We’re the first Big Whiskey’s franchise to offer a vegan menu and we couldn’t be more excited. We chose the Las Vegas market to debut the vegan menu because of the diverse needs and desires of the community. We really took our time in creating the menu, as the goal was to produce something as unique and special as this city. Las Vegans deserve the best and that is what we’ve worked hard at creating for them.”
As the vegan market has grown, Big Whiskey started to take notice and the franchise has been supportive with the expansion into vegan territory. DePasquale has taken steps to ensure that the bottom line isn’t the most important thing at the restaurant — it’s trying to find solutions to traditional harvesting ethics and working with more conscious suppliers.
“We want our vegan customers to know we care about them and the issues important to the vegan community,” he says. “We didn’t just want to throw meatless and animal-free products on the menu and call it vegan. We wanted this menu to be special and I can honestly say I would be proud to serve every vegan item on our menu to the most discriminating palate.”
The restaurant’s vegan offerings include the Impossible Burger and vegan Bolognese specially created for Las Vegas.
“The menu was important to the Big Whiskey’s team and I think our vegan customers are going to fall in love with what we have created,” DePasquale says.
Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby. She previously lived and worked in Thailand where she spent years working for an elephant sanctuary. She is a public speaker, journalist and entrepreneur.