Mei Chen (left), with daughter Stacy, closed Veggie Heaven on the Drag in 2014, after 16 years in business.
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All good things to those who wait. Stacy Chen, owner of Veggie Heaven founder Mei Chen, had hoped to have the new location of Veggie Heaven open by now at 1611 W. Fifth St. But, as all restaurant owners know, these things take time. Chen says that as soon as final air duct work gets approved by the city, she will be ready to open the new iteration of the Asian veggie-centric restaurant her mother opened in 1998. Chen is hoping for an opening around the end of the year, so looks like all of your fried-vegan-nugget dreams will come true in 2017.

In addition to Veggie Heaven, Chen also plans to open Yoshi Kitchen, a meat-friendly restaurant, in 2017. The Asian-fusion restaurant will be located at 3318 Harmon Ave. near I-35 and serve a variety of dishes, like teriyaki, ramen, Asian barbecue, Asian burgers and more. Chen hopes to have that restaurant open by the end of February.