Black-Owned Vegan Food Truck Raises $80,000 Dollars

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Malibu’s Burgers a vegan food truck located in the California Bay Area has raised over $79,000 dollars with their fundraising campaign on GoFundMe.

The goal of the black-owned business is to open their first sticks and bricks restaurant in the Oakland, CA Bay Area.

Malibu’s food truck was founded by black entrepreneurs Natasha Fernández-Pérez, Wahid Brown, and Darren Preston back in January of this year.

The three entrepreneurs had hoped they would be able to acquire a bigger more permanent area to cook and create than the truck so that they can handle the overwhelming demand increase from customers.

Much like business owner Pinky Cole and her Atlanta restaurant Slutty Vegan the Malibu’s truck crew wants to give back to their community by employing people, partnering with charity organizations to help feed those who are food insecure, and offer their employees a living wage.

“When Malibu’s Burgers was [conceived], we originally wanted to open a brick-and-mortar location [but] the food truck was an opportunity that presented itself and we took it,” Preston said in an interview. 

“Now more than ever, we’d like to transition to a brick-and-mortar because we can’t meet the demand from our truck. We have outgrown our truck and with more space, we’d have in a location, we could pump out more burgers.”

Their current menu features: 

The Malibu Burger built from the Impossible Foods Impossible Burger patty topped with Follow Your Heart American Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce, Caramelized Onions, and “Mamma’s Spread” all on a toasted vegan bun.

The Needy Meaty built from the Impossible Foods Impossible Burger patty topped with Follow Your Heart American Cheese, Vegan Bacon Tomato, Lettuce, Caramelized Onions, and “Lizard Sauce” all on pretzel bread.

Patti Mayonnaise Melt (is that a “Doug” reference?) built from the Impossible Foods Impossible Burger patty topped with Follow Your Heart American Cheese, Vegan Bacon Tomato, Lettuce, Caramelized Onions, and “Garlic Mayo Sauce” all on Sourdough Bread Sides.

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The Gillie Philly for the win!

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Hella Hella Fries Or Tots topped with caramelized onions, “Mamma’s Spread”, and vegan cheese.

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Hella Tots for the win🏁

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Bottom Fries which consists of “Lizard Sauce”, “Mamma’s Spread”, and Impossible Burger Patty, caramelized onions and cheese.

They also carry milkshakes that aren’t listed on their website and they plan on keeping a fresh rotation of new menu items so customers won’t get bored.

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@eclipsefoods X @malibusburgers Chocolate 🍫

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The food truck will continue to operate alongside the restaurant with plans to expand into other areas of the Bay Area like San Francisco and from there it’s on to world domination!

If you’d like to support this incredible black vegan owned business (and you should) consider donating to their GoFundMe Here.

This is what they had to say on their GoFundMe to help convince you:

“Malibu’s Burgers is a Black-owned vegan food business that specializes in fast food. It was founded by Darren Preston in 2019 and launched as a food truck in January 2020 based out of Oakland, California. 

We offer plant-based alternatives to classic burger joint favorites: burgers, shakes, and fries. Through our food, we hope to promote how delicious and comforting plant-based diets can be. 

We are firm believers that if more people were to incorporate more plant-based products into their diets, this would be the first step towards making the world a better place. 

With this Go Fund Me, you will help us move into a permanent location so that we can use our resources to help our communities. 

With a lack of Black vegan businesses and a quickly growing number of closing Black businesses here in Oakland, Malibu’s Burgers will be more than just a restaurant; Malibu’s Burgers will strive to be a platform for change. With your help, we can make this change happen together. 

Funding would do more than just help open a brick and mortar; it would be the stepping stone to help our communities. 

We plan to employ those who need it the most, pay competitively, and become a positive staple in the Oakland community. 

Moreover, Malibu’s Burgers is often contacted by local organizations to help feed youth and homeless, but our current set-up does not allow us to meet the demand that is often requested. 

This would change working out of a permanent location. Once we have access to a bigger and stable kitchen, we will partner with local organizations to feed the less fortunate and youth in our communities. 

Our goal is making vegan alternatives accessible to all people. Veganism represents kindness, love, and health. It should not be reserved for only those who can afford it. 

We also promise to help another entrepreneur with their start-up in order to pay forward what has been given to us.

Let’s do some good together! We appreciate you all, and hope you find this cause worthy of donating to.”

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Animal Rights Activist (ARA), Vegan, Creator and editor of Vegan News, Father to an awesome cat named Boba, Youtuber

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