Sacha Muchall has spent a year hunting out the perfect space for his latest venture, Grown, a plant-based dining restaurant in West End.
It’s about the same amount of time he’s been vegan. “Plant-based dining is something I’m passionate about and want to do for myself because I love dining out, but also for the community and like-minded people,” Muchall says as he strolls through the Jane Street community garden, which is walking distance from the new space.
Muchall plans to harness the garden to grow his own produce and create a full cycle of composting food scraps. Along with signing up to Food Connect (the social enterprise that sources produce from local farmers), the goal is for as much of the produce on your plate as possible to be organic and biodynamic.
At Grown the grinder will have a house blend by Wynnum artisan roaster Dramanti and will rotate local producers for single origin and filter: Parallel Roasters, Light Coffee and Sum are all on the cards. “We’ve been working with roasters to package everything in reusable containers such as tins and drums to minimise plastic waste,” Muchall says. “I really want to focus on sustainability and being community minded by trying to involve local organisations.”
The restaurant will be on the ground floor of a residential apartment block on Buchanan Street. It will open six days a week, offering brunch and dinner menus with vegan beers and wines to match.
Grown will open at 21 Buchanan Street in late August.