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Heads Up: Grindcore House, A Vegan Coffee Shop Opening In South Philly

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I love me some Philadelphia!. (Shout out to Kingdom!) From Vegan Philly Cheesesteaks at Gianna’s to the gourmet gastro-indulgence of Horizons: vegans do alright in the city of Brotherly Love.

Well, the vegan prospects just got better. This Saturday, August 21st will see the grand opening of Grindcore House, a vegan coffee shop in South Philly. The café is located at 1515 S. Fourth St. in Pennsport and will feature a few of my favorite things! Metal! Coffee! Vegan Treats! Upton’s Naturals!

More Goodness: Grindcore House’s opening will coincide with PHL: Printers/Haters/Lovers a philly-inspired print and poster show.

For more information: Follow Grindcore House on Facebook and Twitter.


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    I am so tempted to have my book signing here instead of a more traditional spot!

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    Gianna’s is no mas (they were pieces of shit anyway for lying to Philly vegans for a half decade) – but in its place, an all vegan pizza place will be opening.

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    Yeah, Gianna’s did close down! And Kevin, they never actually lied to vegans, they just sucked at communication. For all of those out there that don’t know, Gianna’s offered dairy cheese, vegan cheese, non-vegan soy cheese. If you asked for soy and didn’t say you wanted it vegan, you got casein in your cheese. Gianna’s isn’t really too much more to blame than vegan people who didn’t bother to make sure their food was vegan.

    All that drama aside, I can’t wait to check out Grindcore House!! I’m definitely making the grand opening this weekend!

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    No Kristina, they lied. For years.

    “Is this vegan?”


    “No casein?”

    “No casein. It is home-made.”

    They were giving us this line for years and years – going back to the days when their shop was on Walnut St.

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    gianna’s absolutely lied to customers – in person and in print – for many years, across all of their locations.

    kristina, i suspect that you did not patronize gianna’s until they moved to their 6th street location, where they ultimately announced that they had been lying to vegans for years and that their “homemade, vegan, soy cheese” was neither homemade, nor vegan. soon after this announcement and meager apology, they switched to the cheese options you describe in your comments.

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    I’m thinking that perhaps Mr. Relic meant “Govinda’s” for cheesesteaks? If not, go there now! Yum.

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    grindcore is gonna be legit!

    even if gianas was ever actually vegan, it looked gross. blackbird will reign king.

    horizons… ehh

    real vegans are taking over philly for food spots. about time.

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    Needless to say, I will be moving to Philly just to hang out at Grindcore.

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    Please do, Natalia! We’d love to have you (both the city and the Grindcore House). Can’t wait to hang, Shawn. XXX

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    Kevin and Beth: Yes, I only heard of Gianna’s by the time they were on 6th St, so I can’t speak to anything before that (I actually wasn’t even aware there was a location before 6th St!). But at the 6th St location, any time I asked if something had casein, the workers would always immediately and clearly tell me what did and did not have casein. And if they weren’t sure, they always went and checked for me. Like I said, any problem I had ever heard of (with the 6th St location only!) is vegans hearing “soy” and assuming “vegan.”