Stand-Up Burgers opens in Downtown Berkeley, offers plant-based menu

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A burger and fries can now be a vegetarian-friendly meal at Stand-Up Burgers at 48 Shattuck Square in Berkeley.

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A burger and fries can now be a vegetarian-friendly meal at Stand-Up Burgers, which opened Wednesday at 48 Shattuck Square.

Stand-Up Burgers’ menu offers a selection of plant-based burgers, salads, milkshakes and sides. The fast-casual restaurant was created by parent company Veggie Grill, the largest plant-based restaurant group in the United States, according to its press release.

“We are excited to introduce Stand-Up Burgers to the Berkeley community – a historically passionate and vocal community – and invite them to stand-up for what they believe in and show love for the planet, animals and themselves,” said T.K. Pillan, co-founder of Veggie Grill, in the press release. “At Veggie Grill we are on a mission to advance plant-based eating nationwide and empower people to eat less meat by providing them with innovative and delicious plant-based experiences.”

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The interior of the Stand-Up Burgers restaurant. (Ryan Kendrick/Staff)

According to the press release, Veggie Grill has aimed to provide accessible plant-based dining since its founding in 2006. Stand-Up Burgers’ offerings feature plant-based meat alternatives such as Impossible patties and vegetarian “chick’n,” according to its menu.

A few of the sandwich options at Stand-Up Burgers include The O.G., The Stand-Up, Chili-Cheese, BBQ Bacon, Tex-Mex, The Freebird and Falafel Wrap. A portion of proceeds from select menu items will be donated to Stand-Up Burgers’ community charity partners.

“The purpose of Veggie Grill is about crafting food that’s good for our lives and our future,” Pillan said.

Stand-Up Burgers will change which community charity partners receive a share of the proceeds from particular items every two months, according to Pillan.

For the first few months following its opening, a portion of the sales from the Stand-Up burger will be donated to Berkeley Humane, an organization that encourages people to care and provide for cats and dogs in the East Bay, according to its website. Additionally, some of the proceeds from the Stand-Up Shake will be donated to Support + Feed, an organization that provides local plant-based meals to people experiencing food insecurity.

Stand-Up Burgers also worked with Earth Island, a local environmental nonprofit organization in Berkeley, for the opening of the restaurant, noted Pillan.

“We just think the world is ready for a pure plant-based burger stand,” Pillan said.

On Wednesday, Alameda County entered the red tier of the state’s reopening system, allowing for indoor dining to resume at 25% capacity. Stand-Up Burgers is currently open for pick-up and delivery through all major delivery services, and Pillan said the restaurant hopes to welcome indoor diners once the COVID-19 restrictions ease.

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