Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Minority Business Highlight: Black Leaf Vegan Cafe

Black Leaf Vegan Cafe provides a haven for authentic vegan and vegetarian comfort food.

Owned and operated by Derrick and Taria Slack and their three daughters, the family-owned Black Leaf Vegan got its start in 2021 during the pandemic following the closures of the family’s favorite vegan restaurants. Black Leaf Vegan started as a food truck — the first fully vegan food truck in the state of Indiana — participating in pop-up events, fairs and festivals.

The restaurant’s overall mission revolves around the idea of providing “life-sustaining, plant-based products that heal the mind, body and soul” and promoting healthy lifestyles within all communities, according to their website.

Black Leaf Vegan Cafe was able to open its storefront in the Canal District in the fall of 2022, where they continue to serve up an extensive menu of vegan soul food and burgers as well as plant-based breakfast sandwiches, loaded nachos and mac and cheese. They also offer a variety of fruit smoothies, vegan espresso, lemonades and teas.

Their signature green and black food truck can be spotted all over Indy, from special events and festivals to the Indiana State Fair — of which they were the first vegan food truck to attend.

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In addition to participating in fairs and festivals, Black Leaf Vegan offers event catering that features an array of dishes prepared by their team of skilled chefs. The cafe also hosts regular events, such as Third Sunday jazz and wine tastings with Sip & Share Wines.

Black Leaf Vegan Cafe is located in the Canal District, at 335 W. 9th St. More information about the cafe’s hours of operation, menu items and upcoming events can be found at For questions, contact 317-560-4222 or

If you have a minority-owned and operated business you would like to be featured in the Indiana Minority Business Magazine Directory, visit Indiana Minority Business Directory.

Contact staff writer Chloe McGowan at 317-762-7848. Follow her on Twitter @chloe_mcgowanxx.

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