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New Raw-Vegan Restaurant Opening in Echo Park Next Week

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Turkish apricot fig and walnut ice cream | Photo by Quarrygirl

Turkish apricot fig and walnut ice cream |
Photo by Quarrygirl

To some, Stephen Hauptfuhr may be known as a nightlife promoter behind a popular night at the now-shuttered Star Shoes in Hollywood, but to vegans in Los Angeles, he's a rock star of a different shade. "It’s seriously some of tastiest, most inventive dessert food i’ve ever eaten," exclaims vegan blogger Quarrygirl of Hauptfuhr's food.

Hauptfuhr's creations have been around for a little while already -- find it at Naturewell in Silver Lake, Elf in Echo Park or via his catering company -- but come next week on May 20th, his restaurant Mooi (it's Dutch for "beautiful") will debut in the two level corner space of Echo Park's Jensen Rec Center.

Carrying irregular hours, it will be open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for juices, desserts and Intelligentsia coffee and Wednesday through Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. for sit-down dinner. On Sundays, daytime brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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"As we get closer and closer to the opening of mooi," said Quarrygirl, "I am growing more and more excited."