Rozonda Thomas—better known as “Chilli” and part of the multiplatinum, Grammy Award–winning, and MTV Legend Award–winning music group TLC—previously partnered with PETA by stripping down to stripes to speak out against cruelty in animal circuses. Now, she’s contacted the company behind the chain restaurant that shares her name.
Gone are the days when your best vegan option at a chain restaurant was piecing together various sides—that is, unless you’re at Chili’s, which hasn’t caught on to cruelty-free eating yet. Chilli heard that the vegan-friendly options on Chili’s current menu consist basically of just sides and withholding meat from dishes. But demand for vegan food is growing, and Chilli knows that it’s time for Chili’s to get on board.
In her letter, she asks,
“What better way to win over new customers or cater to regular ones than by offering delicious and cruelty-free foods with a trademark Chili’s spin?”
These days, almost every restaurant offers at least one vegan dish. By making educated choices and asking the server for assistance, dining out almost anywhere can be a delicious and cruelty-free experience.
Read Chilli’s full letter to Wyman Roberts, the CEO and president of Brinker International, which owns Chili’s, and join her in asking him to offer more vegan options.
Fast-food and fast-casual chain restaurants are responding to the demand for vegan options, so why isn’t Chili’s? Hopefully, it will be next by offering substantial vegan fare. Then, who knows? Maybe a little friendly competition among restaurants to attract vegan diners will ensue.
Let’s show Chili’s our enthusiasm and help it realize that the demand for vegan options requires more than a few side dishes.