Café Gratitude's New Arts District Location Opens This Weekend

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Café Gratitude's new 'Abundant' Artisanal Antipasto Plate that will be debuted at their new Arts District location (Photo by Jiro Schneider, courtesy of Café Gratitude)

Good news for vegans: Café Gratitude is spreading its wings and opening up its third restaurant in downtown's Arts District this Sunday.

Plant-based food lovers can flock to the 4,200 square-foot eatery starting at 8 a.m. on March 29 to get their healthy fix for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The new Café Gratitude is located at Yards at the One Santa Fe mixed-use complex. It will be in good company with soon-to-be neighbors like New York's artisanal Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream and Manhattan Beach-based grocer (of the organic and non-GMO variety) GROW.

To celebrate the grand opening, Executive Chef Dreux Ellis will be unveiling some new dinner dishes there that will also be available at Café Gratitude's Larchmont Village and Venice locations. They will have some more hippie and feel-good organic dish names on their new menu (just add "I am" before each name) like their "Abundant," which is an antipasto appetizer plate with cultured macadamia cheese with white truffle; "Dynamic," a garnet yam and cauliflower samosas appetizer; and "Bountiful" dinner dish, a gluten-free quinoa pasta sautéed with braised cauliflower, kale and cashew cream sauce. They'll also have a raw enchiladas dish made with a pumpkin seed and walnut chorizo encased in a spinach tortilla, which reminds us of something we'd find at Gracias Madre, their vegan-based Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood.

As for breakfast, they'll be serving Stumptown coffee along with gluten-free pastries and dishes like buckwheat-flax pancakes, taco breakfast plate and crunchy granola. And if you feel so inclined to go on a cleanse, they also have that program available with their organic pressed juices at this new shop.

Café Gratitude is located at 300 South Santa Fe Avenue, Suite A, downtown L.A., (213) 929-5580. It will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., starting on March 29.