New vegan restaurant opens near Worthington while another closes

A new restaurant has opened near Worthington, serving vegan fare on the Far North Side, while a vegan spot on campus has closed.

Zammy’s Vegan Kitchen1155 Worthington Woods Blvd., opened on April 20. Owner Mallory Konovsky said she worked in the restaurant industry for the past 16 years before owning her own restaurant.

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“I always wanted to have my own place and the timing worked out,” Konovsky said. “It was just a good opportunity that I had to take. I’ve been working for the past two years, taking business classes, preparing to open my own place.”

Zammy's Vegan Kitchen cobb salad tops a bed of romaine lettuce with chickpeas, radish, corn, BacUN, avocado, tomato, cornbread croutons, egg, and ranch dressing.  Grilled or fried Chick'n can be added to salads.

On the menu, salads, sandwichesvegan burgers and, for early risers, burritos and breakfast sandwiches, all homemade.

Konovsky, who is a vegan herself, said she doesn’t see many vegan food options near Worthington and Westerville.

Mallory Konovsky named her new restaurant Zammy's Vegan Kitchen, after her two rescue dogs, Zack and Sammy.

She said she was “blown away” by the response from the vegan community in Columbus and was grateful to the employees who wanted to see the restaurant thrive.

“We’re really excited and feeling really positive for this summer,” she said. “And once again people will know we’re here, I feel like we’re going to keep growing. I’m really excited for the future.”

Zammy's Vegan Kitchen's Zack Burger on the Far North Side is named after one of owner Mallory Konovsky's rescue dogs, Zack.  Photos of Zack and Konovsky's other dog, Sammy, are found throughout the restaurant.

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With the opening of Zammy’s also comes the closing of another fast casual vegan restaurant, Eden Burger. The restaurant will be closed at 1437 N. High St. in the University District for the “foreseeable future,” according to a Facebook post that has since been deleted by owner Sebastian Kovach.

In the post, Kovach claimed that a former manager opened her own restaurant while working for Eden Burger and took other employees with her.

Comments on the post from former staff members contradicted his claims that the former manager sabotaged the restaurant, blaming Kovach. Replies also noted that Michigan-based Eden Foods sued the restaurant. for trademark infringement at the end of last year.

Eden Burger could not be reached for comment or to identify the former manager mentioned. Konovsky said she previously worked at Eden Burger, but said she was advised not to discuss Kovach’s position.

“It seems to be about me, but if so, it’s filled with false accusations.” she says.

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