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All-vegan restaurant closes in downtown Fargo

FARGO – After two years in business, the Green House Cafe at 68 Broadway has closed its doors.

The restaurant was billed as the first all-vegan restaurant in the state when it opened in fall 2016 in the space previously occupied by Scratch Deli.

Owners Joey and Abby Haynes announced the closing on the restaurant’s Facebook page early Friday, Aug. 10.

“After two years in the wonderful downtown community, Joey and Abby Haynes have decided to close the doors at Green House Café to pursue new goals, spend more time within the community, and spend more time together,” the post read. “We hope we were able to help show Fargo how fun, delicious, and accessible vegan food can be, and we know the vegan community is stronger than ever.”

By 5 p.m., the announcement had garnered more than 150 comments. Most lamented the lack of vegan food in the area. Others implored the Haynes to write a cookbook.

“I will miss Green House Cafe more than I can say, but I look forward to hearing about your new adventures! Have you thought about writing a cookbook? Just asking … ,” wrote one follower.

That was followed up by another who said, “A cookbook would be great! The garlic aioli was amazing at Green House along with so many other delicious items.”

In a Forum story published shortly after the restaurant opened, Joey Haynes said animal activism and sustainability were important to his family when he was growing up. The couple started out as vegetarians, but had gone vegan a few months before opening the restaurant.

A call placed to the restaurant Friday afternoon went unanswered.