Updated May 9, 2019. Frankie & Benny’s has added seven new dishes to its vegan menu. The UK Italian-American restaurant chain now offers 22 vegan options.
The new options include a vegan cheeseburger, a vegan full English breakfast, vegan scrambled egg, and for dessert, a vegan cheesecake and a Lotus Biscoff milkshake.
The chain’s menu is now packed with a variety of plant-based comfort foods, including vegan “mozzarella” pizza, BBQ “chicken” pizza, the Regular Not Hot Dog, veggie burgers, and the “I Ain’t No Chicken” Parmigiana, which were all launched for the first time back in January.
“Having something for everyone is so important to us at Frankie & Benny’s,” said Holly Davies, the head of food at the restaurant chain, in a video for PETA at the beginning of the year.
“We have worked in collaboration with PETA and we now have over 20 vegan dishes across the menu. We know the interest in vegan food is absolutely booming and not just for vegans,” she added. “Because of this, we wanted to try something a little bit different.”
Vegan Menus Across the UK
Frankie & Benny’s joins a number of UK restaurants that have launched vegan menus this year. Popular bakery chain Greggs launched the much anticipated vegan sausage roll in 950 of its stores earlier this year, and it became the company’s best-selling new product.
Greggs’ chief executive Roger Whiteside told the Independent in January, “Like many food retailers, we have seen an increasing demand for vegetarian and vegan products. We have been trying to develop a vegan version of our famous sausage roll for some time now.” He noted, “It has not been easy but our taste panel customers all love this one.”
The option was initially listed on the menu as limited edition, but Kathryn Austin — the restaurant chain’s director of HR and Marketing — predicted it would last longer, and she was right. The product is now a permanent menu addition.
Austin said in a statement when the pizza was first introduced, “We love innovating and giving our guests as much choice as possible and if this is as successful as we expect it to be, we’ll keep it on the menu for the foreseeable future.”