Editor’s Note: Since this story was published, information has come to light regarding the owners of the Ft. Apache location, (the first franchise location for Pancho’s Vegan Tacos) and inflammatory, offensive, racist posts on their private social media pages. We at Vegans, Baby believe that all beings should be treated with kindness and compassion and that there is no room for hate, racism or discrimination. We are leaving this post up with the hopes that you take a moment to review the links we have shared in this note so you can be educated on the situation. There is a statement from Sacbe Meling, the owner of Pancho’s Vegan Tacos regarding the new franchise owners, and more information here that sheds light on this subject.
The vegan revolution continues in Las Vegas with the opening of the long-awaited third location of Pancho’s Vegan Tacos, complete with a drive-thru (3585 S. Ft. Apache).
Pancho’s Vegan Tacos opened its first location in 2016 and quickly gained a reputation for its vast vegan menu, serving up everything from their namesake tacos to burritos, and Mexican staples like tamales, tortas, nachos, enchiladas, quesadillas, breakfast plats, soups, both the Beyond and Impossible burgers, and even desserts including rice pudding and cakes.
“It’s been an amazing journey, but we’re just starting,” says owner Sacbe Meling.
A fast-casual all-vegan Mexican restaurant in Las Vegas, Pancho’s Vegan Tacos now has spots in Henderson, Anthem and the Southwest, plus an all-vegan taco food truck that travels around the Valley. The restaurant opened its second location in Anthem in early 2019 and is planning on expanding its flagship location on Pecos to include a bakery in the coming months. They’re also expanding out-of-state to California, as well as opening another location in Summerlin.
This opening comes as the Las Vegas vegan dining scene captures national and international attention for its growth. Recently, vegan food in Las Vegas has been highlighted in LA Times, VegNews, Unearth Women, LIVEKINDLY, AFAR magazine and more. This July, chefs from Las Vegas are even headed to New York City to participate in the James Beard Foundation’s first city-centric vegan dinner curated by Vegans, Baby founder Diana Edelman.
Photo: Pancho’s Vegan Tacos
Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby. She previously lived and worked in Thailand where she spent years working for an elephant sanctuary and has traveled around the world speaking about the realities of elephant tourism. She is a public speaker who has appeared at SEED Food + Wine, VegFest Puerto Rico, VegFest Toronto and more, a journalist and entrepreneur. Diana is also behind the Vegas Vegan Dinners at James Beard Foundation’s James Beard House.