Vegan fast-food joint opens along Sacramento’s R Street District


Sacramento’s historic R Street District’s latest addition to its myriad shops and restaurants now includes a fast-food vegan joint.

Plant Power, located at 1100 R St. between Fox & Goose and Shoki Ramen, is what you would expect from a fast-food restaurant — except, it’s all plant-based, as its name implies.

Robert Betz, the franchise owner, said he fell in love with the food when he tried a location in San Diego. From then on, he knew he had to open a storefront.

He chose Sacramento, saying the area’s choices for plant-based options were meager compared to Southern California, namely Los Angeles. Betz, who moved from L.A., said the response has been great.

While it is still fast food, it’s vegan. But Betz maintained that it’s healthier than a regular burger.

“If you wanted to order a breakfast sandwich in 5 minutes or less, you could,” Betz said.

One of the popular options is called the Big Zac, and Betz said the inspiration for it was largely drawn from McDonald’s timeless Big Mac.

While more and more restaurants are starting to offer vegan meals, the pickings for locations that are entirely vegan remain slim — at least as far as downtown Sacramento goes. In Midtown, Burger Patch, another fast-food vegan restaurant, offers a similar experience.

As far as R Street itself, Betz said the area was in need of a vegan restaurant.

“We’re not trying to convert people,” Betz said. “We’re just trying to give someone an option.”

Plant Power had its grand opening in late May.