Vegetarian Society

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Laurel Vegetarian


Vegetarian Society


January 27, 1904


New York City


Seventh-day Adventists who preferred a plant-based diet began to establish vegetarian restaurants at the turn of the last century, such as The Laurel which opened in 1902. The restaurant closed at 3:00 PM on Friday and reopened on Sunday morning in accordance with Seventh-day Adventist practice to keep the Sabbath from sundown on Friday to sundown Saturday. This banquet menu features cutlets made with Nuttolene, a canned, peanut-based meat substitute produced by the Sanitas Nut Food Company founded by health activist John Harvey Kellogg.