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Health food for the soul

Health food for the soul
QUENCH | Austin eatery to serve up tradition -- but without beef, pork

August 18, 2008


Those looking for a way to have their soul food and feel good (physically) about it have a new option in Quench, a restaurant concept that provides a bridge for lovers of African-American comfort food looking to eat more healthfully, but not ready to plunge into vegetarianism.

"You have a place you can move toward that direction instead of a hard-core change," said restaurateur Quentin Love, who along with partner T. Shawn Taylor plan to open Quench in the Austin neighborhood Aug. 25.

Diners at the 5815 W. Madison 41-seat eatery will find no beef or pork on the menu, but plenty of community favorites will have some representation. An Italian chicken sandwich sits in for an Italian beef.

The restaurant is the latest in Love's I Love Food Group, with eateries in underserved areas. He owns two South Side Quench restaurants and has partners in traditional soul, vegetarian and Mexican food endeavors, as well as bakery and cafe operations.

T. Shawn Taylor (left) and Quentin Love in front of their new Quench restaurant. The Austin eatery offers a bridge for lovers of African-American comfort food seeking something more healthful.
(Keith Hale/Sun-Times)

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