McDonald’s Vegan Doppelganger, Mr. Charlie’s, Opens Location in San Francisco

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It wasn’t too long ago that this McDonald’s look-alike took TikTok by storm, and users began to dub the vegan fast-food restaurant “vegan McDonalds.” The restaurant blew up after Lizzo posted a review of the ‘Frowny Meal’ on TikTok. Now, that vegan McDonalds called Mr. Charlie’s, just opened its first San Francisco location.

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The McDonald’s doppelganger is the exact opposite of Mcdonald’s. The owner Charlie Kim wanted to open a restaurant that offered any menu item you would find at Mcdonald’s but vegan. Instead of a Happy Meal, at Mr. Charlie’s, you’ll get a plant-based ‘Frowny Meal.’

The first restaurant began on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles and thanks to Lizzo’s positive rating, the restaurant blew up, allowing them to now open their second location in San Francisco. Lizzo has been very vocal about her journey to plant-based, and she said so many people were sending her this new restaurant, so she had to check it out!

The SF location is located near San Francisco’s Union Square at 432 Sutter Street. While they are currently only open for delivery in SF, they plan to officially open on December 31 to ring in the new year!

The company has the same look as Mcdonald’s and even sports the same red and yellow colors. It could easily be mistaken for a Mcdonald’s. The menu features the Not a Hamburger with an Impossible patty, the Not a Cheeseburger, and the Double Not, which is double patties and double cheese. Don’t forget the Not Chicken Nuggets and the fries.

The Frowny Meal includes a Not a Burger, fries, Not Chicken Nuggets, and a drink. It’s served in the same red cardboard box as Happy Meals but involved absolutely no animal cruelty in the making!

Meatless meat has been rapidly expanding throughout the United States and across Europe. Companies like Dunkin Donuts and Burger King are offering meatless options to consumers. Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger are continuing to grow as they are found in more grocery stores and restaurants around the country.

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