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The Men Behind Charlotte's Newest Black-Owned Vegan Food Truck
Romeo’s Burgers just launched at the beginning of December and its plant-based burgers and milkshakes are already selling out fast.
The outpour of support from the community for one of a few Black-owned vegan trucks in Charlotte was unexpected for co-founder and musical artist Tigo B, and his partner Fox, who had to stop touring because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We decided that during the downtime, to do something for the city and create another avenue for ourselves,” the co-founders told Travel Noire during an interview. “We worked this past summer on perfecting some recipes and just took a shot.”
The co-founders, who are both vegans, added that they wanted to bring comfort food that’s nutritional to Queen City and enjoyable for the flexitarians and non-vegans as well.
During an interview with Travel Noire, Tigo B and Fox discussed their reaction to the community’s support and where they see Romeo’s Vegan Burgers in the future.
Travel Noire: What inspired you all to create Romeo’s Vegan Burgers?
Tigo B. + Fox: We really wanted to help out the people within the city during this time. One thing that has risen continuously is the importance of having a strong immune system to defend against COVID-19. A lot of peer-reviewed studies and science have shown the vegan diet does just that: it helps boost the immune system and can help defend against viruses such as COVID-19.
Travel Noire: You all just opened in December and already the lines are wrapping around the food truck. How does that make you feel?
Tigo B. + Fox: We are humble. We did not expect it to be like this at all, especially because we’re from the music industry. We’ve been hustling, and then we just decided to try something, and it worked!
We’re foodies, so we traveled around and tried to find the best vegan food available. That’s what inspired what we’ve done. We’re thankful that people want to come out and enjoy the food.
Travel Noire: Where do you see Romeo’s Burgers in 5 to 10 years?
Tigo B. + Fox: We hope to bring more meals to more people in whatever form makes sense. We would like to have a fleet of food trucks around the country, and when things open back up, perhaps restaurants, It’s whatever the Creator has in store for us.