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A Restaurateur Sees Vegan Food as Key to Post-Covid Success

Matthew Kenney is adding new eateries and ghost kitchens with help from notable investors.

Plant Food + Wine in Los Angeles, is the flagship of Matthew Kenney’s plant-based empire.

Plant Food + Wine in Los Angeles, is the flagship of Matthew Kenney’s plant-based empire.

Photographer: Wonho Frank Lee

As the restaurant death toll soars across the U.S.— nearly one in six U.S. restaurants have closed since the start of the pandemic— Matthew Kenney sees opportunity to grow.

The Los Angeles-based chef has opened five vegetarian restaurants since September in California, New York, and Buenos Aires, with plans to add at least eight others to his international roster of more than 25 existing Matthew Kenney Cuisine establishments. The locations are spread around the globe, from Dubai to Los Cabos, Mexico, featuring concepts like the pizza-focused Double Zero and Sestina, which specializes in plant-based Italian.