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  • By Dana Casadei

Finally going vegan

There’s been much anticipation and Chili Mustard Onions – Detroit’s first vegan coney island – has finally opened. Located at 3411 Brush Street, the restaurant opened August 1, according to their Facebook page and they have been kept busy. During their first two days of service, they had to close earlier than anticipated because they ran out of food. Seems the owners, Pete and Shellee LaCombe and their daughter Darla, aren’t the only ones who were craving vegan coney dogs. Not only does the 30-seat restaurant offer coney island classics, like coney dogs and chili cheese fries, but they add their twist to items like their “beetball” sub and “Big Mock.” Plus, there are a variety of fries and desserts also on the menu. They didn’t forget those going the gluten-free route either, as they offer gluten-free hot dog and burger buns.

­Metro Intelligencer is a monthly column devoted to news stories, tidbits and gossip items about what's happening on the restaurant scene in the metro Detroit area. Metro Intelligencer is reported/created each month by Dana Casadei who can be reached at with news items or tips, on or off the record.

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