Following on from the success of Sweet Beat Café on Bridge St in Sligo town, restaurateur Carolanne Rushe is set to open a second plant-based venture called Sweet As… Diner and Deli.
Located on Markievicz Road along the Garavogue river, Sweet As… Diner will serve a fully plant-based menu in a casual diner setting. The new venture will focus on locally sourced seasonal ingredients in a significantly larger restaurant space with substantial kitchen facilities, along with an additional deli shop, accessible by Holborn Street. The new business will hire 12 new staff initally, with a total of 23 employed by Rushe between her two vegan-focused businesses.
The menu boasts a range of fresh and organic brunch and lunch options including garlic miso mushrooms with fermented mustard bechamel on sourdough; and a house baked flatbread with coconut cashew yogurt, romesco sauce and slow-roasted vegetables, pickled red onion and chili nuts.
A new kids menu will include chocella toast, baby beans on toast and locally produced O’Hara’s vegan ice cream.
Suppliers used include Knockvicar Organic, Carrowgarry and Croghan Organic Farms. In order to cut down on the carbon footprint of the business, all suppliers have been asked to deliver goods plastic-free. Coffee beans will arrive in reusable buckets and Knockvicar Organic Farm will deliver salad leaves in reusable containers.
Carolanne Rushe began her career in food whilst travelling, spending some five years living in Italy, Australia and South Africa. In 2013, she completed the Ballymaloe Cookery School 12 week certificate and the following year began trading as a plant-based stall at the newly opened Strandhill People’s Market. She opened the doors to her first cafe a year later in 2015. The original cafe Sweet Beat Café will continue to run in tandem with Sweet As.
“When I initially moved back to Sligo from South Africa in 2014, there were very limited and poor options for vegans and vegetarians. The demand and increasing interest for fresh, organic wholefoods has led us to opening our second venture ‘Sweet As…’,” said Carolanne.
The deli and micro bakery opens Monday to Friday 8am – 3pm, producing a line of vegan pastries, a broad lunch menu of hot pots, super salads, sandwiches and 3FE Coffee.