Original article from Kent Live
A 100 per cent plant-based bar has opened its doors in Ramsgate today (June 19).
The Nourish Bar, on Harbour Parade, offers customers a wide range of vegan produce, and it's already proved popular among locals.
The first taster day saw the bar run out of everything on the menu, and the venue is starting to gain a keen following on social media.
Kirsty Sharp is the owner of Nourish Bar and is looking to share her passion for vegan food with others.
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The 35-year-old is a qualified holistic nutritionist and has been specialising in vegetarian and vegan nutrition for over a year.
She made the switch to veganism three-and-a-half years ago and after studying the subject has now decided to make it her bread and dairy-free butter.
"I sold my car and my dad even came out of retirement to help me," she said.
"He did a lot of the building work on the site, what I started with was very different to how it looks now.
"There were bits hanging off the walls, gas pipes exposed, it was a mess.
"What we have been able to turn it into is something really amazing."
Local foodies in Ramsgate have already expressed a strong interest in The Nourish Bar and Kirsty believes she can offer a unique experience.
"We're Ramsgate's first 100 per cent plant-based food store," she told KentLive.
"Veganism is the fastest-growing lifestyle choice, and it is really becoming apparent that people need to make a change.
"With people having time to think during lockdown, and the increased attention given to the subject, veganism has become a lot more accessible and relevant.
"People may realise they need to make a change after COVID and going plant-based is one of the best ways to do that."