Owners of a vegan restaurant chain have started eating meat — and are being accused of murder by shocked activists.
According to NY Daily News, Cafe Gratitude owners Matthew and Terces Engelhart have been getting death threats since revealing that they now not only eat meat, but slaughter cattle on their farm for food.
Cafe Gratitude closed in Berkeley in November, leaving Santa Cruz as the last Northern California outpost of the Bay Area-founded vegan restaurant chain known for naming food after positive affirmations, such as "I Am Fulfilled" (mixed green salad), "I Am Magical" (black bean burger) and "I Am Humble" (Indian curry bowl).
Locations in Los Angeles, Venice, San Diego and Kansas City remain open, as have the Northern and Southern California locations of Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant.
In 2011, Cafe Gratitude was the subject of an East Bay Express ("I Am Annoyed and Disappointed") exposé featuring disgruntled former employees who said they were terminated for not attending the Landmark Forum training program.
The following year, the Engelharts settled a lawsuit over labor practices brought by former employees out of court that triggered the first Bay Area closures.