For Brooklyn vegan fast-food joint Foodswings, “it’s a lot more than the Tofutti.” Owner Freedom estimates that about half the food at Foodswings is made with partially or wholly hydrogenated soybean oil, including most of the faux meats he orders from Asia. I guess they really mean it when they say Vegan Heart Attack.
Freedom didn’t know about the long reach of the trans fat ban’s second wave that goes into effect next summer. Not like he cared. “We’re not gonna stop. It’s either that or we close,” he said. “It would just be too expensive” to change. But don’t fret yet, Billyburg vegans: Freedom and Foodswings are “not gonna go down without a fight.” Famous last words?
If you’re into the trans fats, check out Foodswings’ 3rd Anniversary Party on March 31 at 5pm, with the celebration continuing later on at the Pub at 312 Grand Street. Hey, speaking of anniversary parties…
This is part seven of SuperVegan’s “No more trans fats? But how will I go on?” series on the ban as it affects vegans in New York City (and beyond!). Catch up here.