Vegan and gluten-free Shimmy Shack expands with brick and mortar restaurant in Plymouth
Restaurateur Debra Levantrosser knows that eating vegan isn’t just a fad.
Owner of the Shimmy Shack food truck, which serves a totally vegan and gluten-free menu, Levantrosser has been eating a plant-based diet that is free of animal products for nearly 30 years.
For the past five years that she’s been running the truck, Levantrosser has seen the demand for her food grow, and she’s gearing up to open a brick-and-mortar Shimmy Shack restaurant later this month in Plymouth. She said she chose this suburb after doing her research.
“When I did the research on where the vegan restaurants currently are, and where there were gaps and where there is a population of vegan people, it really became clear to me that Plymouth was the perfect location,” she said. The chef was trying to find a location with a drive-through window, but that proved to be nearly impossible. Instead they’ve nestled in a former consignment shop in a strip mall at 1440 Sheldon in Plymouth.
The Shimmy Shack restaurant will serve the same plant-based menu folks familiar with the food truck have come to crave, including a falafel pita, “burgers” and fries, nachos and vegan shakes. Again, the food is plant-based and gluten-free, making the whole menu fair game for diners with those kinds of dietary restrictions.
Levantrosser says her burger, which is her top seller, is made with a lentil and brown rice patty and topped with vegan melted cheese along with the standard burger toppings. The vegan cheese is tapioca-based and Levantrosser describes it as “freaking amazing.” The milkshakes — chocolate, strawberry and cookie monster — are made with soy and rice milk.
The vegan chef sees her business as a restaurant and food truck that is unique and fun, and just happens to be vegan and gluten-free. She’s hoping that with the opening of the brick-and-mortar Shimmy Shack will help build a community with a space for kids, a vegan marketplace and parties like a vegan trick-or-treating event near Halloween.
The vibe in the cafe will be casual, with fast counter service instead of table-side service. The decor will be a mix of 1950s vintage, re-purposed and up-cycled decor (no leather).
Shimmy Shack in Plymouth is expected to open by the end of the month. Visit shimmyshack.com for updates. Once open, the shack will have service 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. and 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Sunday will be available for private events only, such as birthday parties and showers.
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Misfortune has struck the Shimmy Shack vegan food truck for a second time in under a year.
Owner Debra Levantrosser says someone broke into the truck while it was parked in the South Lyon VFW Hall parking lot and stole over $500 worth of cash and electronics.
The incident comes just nine months after someone poured what appears to be anti-freeze or some kind of red liquid into the truck’s gas tank in South Lyon.
“This is sad and a bit frustrating” Levantrosser says. “We are simply trying to do our part to end animal suffering and someone seems intent on breaking our spirits, which they won’t. We hope whoever committed the crime now has money for food but we really wish they hadn’t taken our things. We work very very long hours to make the little money that we do and when people take the things we have worked hard for, it is frustrating. It feels like someone took the wind out of our sails.”
Shimmy Shack is planning an Aug. 1 opening for its new brick and mortar location near Ann Arbor and Haggerty roads in Plymouth Township. Thankfully, not South Lyon.
The mint green, retro restaurant has an American diner feel and serves vegan and gluten-free versions of classics like burgers, coney dogs, and nachos. PETA named it one of the top five vegan food trucks in America in 2015.
Anyone with information is asked to call the South Lyon Police.
For more information, check out Shimmy Shack’s Facebook page and website for its calendar of upcoming events and locations.
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Shimmy Shack settles down
The free-wheeling Shimmy Shack is settling down in a new Plymouth Township location.
The popular vegan food truck is targeting Aug. 1 to open its first brick-and-mortar restaurant at the corner of Ann Arbor and Sheldon roads, owner Debra Levantrosser said. The move has been in the works for the mobile food purveyor since 2013.
The restaurant will have a walk-up counter like a typical fast food restaurant, and there will be seating in a “’50s-style setting” for a quick sit-down bite. In addition, a “vegan marketplace” will be available for birthdays and special presentations, the release said.
Levantrosser said $100,000 will be invested into the 1,620 square-foot building.
On the menu will be the usual truck favorites, including a Coney dog smothered with black bean chili, mustard and onions blanketed on a gluten-free bun. Chocolate, strawberry and cookie monster shakes will be offered as well.
The truck isn’t going away; it will still be frequenting the streets of metro Detroit, staying true to its roots.
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Shimmy Shack is Michigan’s first 100 percent vegan and gluten free food truck. For more information, visit www.shimmyshack.com.
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SOUTH LYON, Mich. – A food truck parked in South Lyon was vandalized when someone poured a red liquid into the gas tank.
The truck was parked at the South Lyon VFW Tuesday night. Late Tuesday or Wednesday morning, someone put what is believed to be Gatorade in the truck’s tank.
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