Chili Mustard Onions pushes back its grand opening


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It's almost April 1 which means visions of vegan coney dogs and beet balls are dancing through our heads.  That's because Chili Mustard Onions — Detroit's first vegan coney island — is taking shape at 3411 Brush St. in Brush Park and was planning an April 1 open date. But chef/co-owner Pete LaCombe tells Metro Times he's still awaiting final city and health department inspections.

He adds he doesn't want to give anymore solid dates until the inspections are done but the restaurant is very close to completion, and you can check back here or CMO's Facebook page for updates.

When it's open, CMO will offer vegan coneys, loose coneys, fries, chili cheese fries, gyros, wraps, tacos, salads, spinach pie, soups, beet balls, soft serve ice cream, desserts, and kombucha. LaCombe says his chili recipe is similar to National Coney Island's — though slightly thicker and spicier, as it's made with 10 spices and a soy crumble.

CMO will also offer a meatless take on the Big Mac, which LaCombe calls the Big Mock. It comes complete with two non-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on sesame seed buns. On its beverage menu, the restaurant will offer a small selection of craft beers, wines, and cocktails.

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The Big Mock - a vegan Big Mac - COURTESY PHOTO
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