Lawrence Eatery Wins PETA Award for Plant-Powered Makeover

For Immediate Release:
April 28, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Lawrence, Kan. – A Vegan Business Award is on its way from PETA to local “Colorado West–Mex” favorite Archibowls for reopening as a 100% vegan restaurant, with menu items that include Loaded Nachos piled high with creamy dairy-free queso, vegan taco meat, and guacamole; savory Shroom Bowls with jalapeños, cashews, red onions, and a sweet garlic sauce; and customizable Tamale Pies with Beyond Meat and chili-lime tofu fillings.

“When we opened in January 2018 we were one of the few places around Lawrence that [had] more than one or two token vegan items on the menu,” the restaurant writes on its website. “[I]n the meantime the owner of the place became a vegan herself! Our mission now: Serve totally amazing vegan food and convert as many hearts and taste buds as we can!”

PETA notes that the new menu benefits humans and other species alike: Every person who goes vegan prevents nearly 200 animals each year from suffering on cramped and filthy farms; reduces their own risk of suffering from heart disease, cancer, and strokes; and helps prevent future pandemics, as SARS, swine flu, bird flu, and COVID-19 all stemmed from confining and killing animals for food.

“This delicious vegan transformation means that more animals can stretch their wings, play outside, and nurture their loved ones, and it means that more humans will be healthier,” says PETA Director of Campaigns Danielle Katz. “PETA celebrates Archibowls’ commitment to a kinder future and looks forward to seeing other businesses follow its stellar example.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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