POTS, Las Vegas’s only Egyptian restaurant, opened less than a year ago as a vegetarian restaurant. But, on Oct. 12, the eight-month anniversary of POTS being in business, they’re making the change from vegetarian to vegan, eliminating the few ingredients which were holding the restaurant back from becoming a full vegan restaurant. POTS going vegan pushes the vegan restaurants in Las Vegas to above 20.
Iman Haggag, owner of the popular spot, credits the local vegan community for a nudge to change the restaurant to all vegan. Although it was always the plan to go vegan, Hadid wasn’t sure how to replace items like the tzatiki … so she held PoP events to test the waters with astounding success.
“The overwhelming love and support from the vegan community here in Vegas made me feel that I should support this movement as much as I can,” she says of the restaurant’s switch to becoming the next hot spot for vegan dining in Las Vegas. “The best way to do that was to make the switch and fully support a great way of living, to present authentic flavor to the vegan community of Las Vegas.”
The restaurant is known for its Egyptian street food like koshari, cauliflower shwarma and desserts including the sweet konafa cups and more. To go vegan, Haggag eliminated the tzatiki, lebnah and milk options in the shakes.
POTS and Haggag have been featured internationally on LIVEKINDLY and highlighted as one of Las Vegas’s hidden vegan gems. The move to vegan helps elevate the Las Vegas vegan restaurant and the Las Vegas vegan dining scene even more.
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