Go Veggies Cafe & Mini Market, a new restaurant focused on improving and maintaining the health and well being of the Western New York community through healthy food options, has opened in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village. The new eatery, owned and operated by Genga Ponnampalam, is located at 264 Bryant St., just steps from Elmwood Avenue. The cafe also serves as a retail location for Go Veggies products.
Go Veggies Cafe specializes in fresh vegetarian dishes such as veggie burgers (six varieties), curries, cabbage rolls, veggie rolls, soups and salads. Dessert offerings include mango pudding, rice pudding and bean cupcakes. Gluten-free, soy-free and vegan options are also available. Go Veggies products are well-known throughout Western New York thanks to the company’s participation in the Elmwood-Bidwell, East Aurora, Williamsville and North Tonawanda farmers’ markets. Go Veggies products are also available at Dash’s Markets and the Lexington Co-operative Market.
Ponnampalam prepares his products using only the freshest ingredients available. “I come from a traditional vegetarian background, from an agricultural-based society in Sri Lanka, where various vegetarian dishes were prepared with health consciousness and longevity in mind,” he said. “As a result of these traditional cooking and eating habits, most of the people in this society lived a long and healthy life. The major medical conditions we face today are obesity, heart disease and diabetes which are largely a result of our diet. A vegetarian diet reduces the risk of most major illnesses.”
Go Veggies Cafe is currently open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The cafe’s hours will be expanded soon, so please visit www.goveggies.com for updates and more information. Catering services are also available. Please call 908-2778 for details.