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The founders of a successful plant-based street food business are returning to the Bury St Edmunds venue where it all began for a kitchen takeover.

Vetomeato, which launched in Cambridge and is now based in central London, will be offering customers at Verve Bar and Restaurant the chance to sample some of its acclaimed dishes on Friday.

The business began at the venue, then LP, with a coffee date between co-founders Justin Bone and Natalie Pace in 2016.

Verve in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley
Verve in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley

At the time, Justin was living on the streets having lost everything due to alcohol addiction.

He said: "Natalie and mine's relationship blossomed through cooking and sharing of healthy, sustainable food.

"The next, natural step was to develop a business centred around this love of food that tastes good and does good."

Vetomeato will be guesting at Verve on Friday from 4pm to 10pm. Picture: Vetomeato
Vetomeato will be guesting at Verve on Friday from 4pm to 10pm. Picture: Vetomeato

Tables at Verve, in Woolhall Street, will be booked in time slots and food pre-ordered in advance whilst the Verve team will be shaking up some vegan cocktails and mocktails.

After launching in Cambridge, the company moved to central London and are residents at The Old Crown pub.

They use spare kitchens through collaborations with bars and caf├ęs in prime locations.

Since hitting the capital, Vetomeato has hosted the London Vegan Social, been listed as 'one of the top 10 vegan restaurants in central London' and praised for 'the best vegan burger in London'.

The Veto burger will be left on the Verve menu after the event making it the only place outside of London it is available.

Wes Roper, founder and owner of Verve, said: "At Verve we aim to provide a venue by which to socialise in a relaxed, inclusive environment which caters to a wide variety of tastes.

"This is reflected in our ranged menus, and focus on tailoring to our customers' desires, whilst offering a space to explore new flavours, experiences, and events.

"Our partnership with Vetomeato aligns well with the ability to offer our customers an opportunity to explore new foods and we look forward to opening our venue to Vetmeato."

Vetomeato will be guesting at Verve, 4pm to 10pm.

Time slots for tables will be 4pm to 6pm, 6pm to 8pm and 8pm to 10pm.

For table bookings and to pre-order food, head to Vetomeato on Instagram.