I am using "Loving Hut" in Palo Alto as my main example - because I have just read about them as I was eating tangerines for breakfast in my apartment here in the south of China!
Please add your own ideas to this thread!
Getting more "bums on veggie restaurant seats" is one of the main goals of HappyCow!
1. Get listed on HappyCow & spend a few $ each year to become a "Friend" - this makes you even more visible on the site.
See the listing of "Loving Hut" on the page for Palo Alto in California, USA - http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/california/palo_alto/index.html
2. Request your customers / friends / critics / anyone & everyone to write reviews about you on HappyCow - http://www.happycow.net/reviews.php?id=15567
3. Search HappyCow Members by "area" & invite anyone living close to you to visit / let them know when you have special days.
4. Write your own HappyCow reviews - declaring that you are the "owner" - delete & update it every month - remember to regularly review other local businesses also - even if they don't reciprocate.
5. Make your area a better "veggy destination" by letting HappyCow know about other veggy / compassionate eating places & stores which are not yet listed - let those businesses know that you have listed them - network, network, network.
6. Connect with local journalists & bloggers - especially if they are vegan!
This morning I enjoyed reading about "Loving Hut" in Palo Alto - at MetroActive - http://www.metroactive.com/metro/01.07.09/veggie-0901.html
Sometimes stories drop off websites after a few days so i am going to post a few excerpts below -
By Elisa Camahort
+ THERE'S a new vegan restaurant south of San Francisco and west of Berkeley—and that's big news for veg*ns from my neck of the woods. Last week, this vegan visited Loving Hut at 165 University Ave. in downtown Palo Alto. Now, I'm still waiting (and wishing) for a veg*n restaurant that's more along the lines of Greens or Millennium—more gourmet, more than vegan Chinese food—and I can keep hoping that someone will open that kind of restaurant south of, say, San Mateo. But in the meantime, restaurants like Loving Hut (think Garden Fresh in Mountain View or Happy Bamboo in San Jose) are also really welcome.
At Loving Hut you order at the counter from a still-small selection of menu choices. Don't be fooled by the menu on their website (www.lovinghut.us)—it is way more extensive than the choices offered thus far at the Palo Alto location. +
+ I've been to Loving Hut twice in the last few weeks. Both times I tried something called a "yam flour crescent" a rather inexplicably titled appetizer that emulates, more than anything else I can name, fish sticks. And it comes with a vegan tartar sauce.
Now I know there are plenty of veg*ns who have no desire or taste for faux animal products of any kind, but I'm not one of those veg*ns. I loved eating these mock fish sticks and the creamy vegan tartar sauce too. +
7. Let HappyCow know when there are news articles / videos posted about you etc. - today "Loving Hut" is featured on the HappyCow Group on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=46222877510
8. Post about any compassionate events that you know about / organize to this Forum area - http://www.happycow.net/forum/events/index.php
9. Connect with Quantcast so that you can get a better idea of how "effective" your site is - http://www.quantcast.com/happycow.net/traffic/sites#summary
10. Remember to link your site / blog / Facebook pages to HappyCow - this is how "Loving Hut" link up - http://www.lovinghut.us/paloalto/links.html
11. Improve & update your website - regularly - get free critical reports from sites such as - http://website.grader.com/wsgid/2185067/default.aspx - and update it / generate new reports regularly!
12. Post your best recipes to HappyCow.net - http://www.happycow.net/vegetarian-recipes.html
13. Ensure that Alexa have your correct details - http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/happycow.net
14. Improve the health of your customers by switching to a menu which is 100% plants AKA herbivorous AKA vegan & shout out loud that "ingesting animal parts (meat) / animal juices (cruel dairy)/ bird menstruation (stolen eggs), bee vomit (honey) etc. is cruel & wholly unecessary for humans".
Time to do some work!
Posted by JohnnySensible at 01/13/09 03:01:1615. It takes only a few minutes to create a Facebook page - such as -
Candle Cafe - http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-York-NY/Candle-Cafe/8206664535
Dotty's - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nottingham-United-Kingdom/DOTTYS-CAFE/19744101486
Las Vegan Bakery - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melbourne-Australia/Las-Vegan-Bakery/9914583430
Peace Treatz Vegan Bakery - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Philadelphia-PA/PEACE-Treatz-Vegan-Bakery/35505546311
Mother Fool's - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Madison-WI/Mother-Fools/38362074185
Riverwest Co-Op Grocery & Cafe - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Milwaukee-WI/Riverwest-Co-Op-Grocery-Cafe/19422860036
HOW TO DO IT - create a user profile first - using your real name - then create the page.
Do not make a user profile in the name of the business - if you do this Facebook will eventually close you down - like they did to our first HappyCow presence on Facebook..............
......then post news about your new page on our HappyCow Facebook Group - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=46222877510
.........and post about the page when you next update / write about your business here on HappyCow.net
Posted by JohnnySensible at 03/21/09 20:46:54I was just sent another "veg-friendly" by a Facebook friend.
Locali Conscious Convenience.
5825 Franklin Avenue,
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., daily.
Phone (323) 466-1360.
info (at) localiyours (dot) com
This store has done some amazing PR for themselves -
see just a few of the news articles -
+ The brainchild of Greg Horos and Melissa Rosen, this eco-positive one-stop-shop recently opened its doors in Franklin Village, down the street from Real.Raw.Live and Mayfair Market. Locali, which means "community" in Italian, is a hipster foodie's sustainable paradise. The reclaimed wood shelves boast an abundance of exotic fare from local growers and artisans.
Unlike most grab-and-dash marts, you won't find genetically modified products or those containing high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils in the bins or freezer. If you have trouble kicking your serious Slurpee jones, try a fruit "slushie" sweetened with agave. Replace that weak cup of on-the-go joe with fair-trade organic coffee made with reverse osmosis water. Locali also serves up biodynamic wines and beers, and deli sandwiches with names like the Franklin Phenomenon, the ExtraVeganza and the Hungry, Hungry Hippy. There are several meat products on the menu, such as grass-fed beef hot dogs and hormone-free chicken, but vegan options rule the roost. Raw foods even make an appearance in the form of kale chips and sprouted falafel with tahini. +
Nice work - great promotion!
We should list them Eric I think!