Rollin Roots- Avonte Hartsfield overcomes vandalism and arson to offer vegan menu


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This months guest is Avonte Hartsfield of Rollin Roots. Avonte tells us about starting his food industry career as a dishwasher then serving tables to becoming a restaurant manager.His passion for vegan food led him to starting out on his own. First at farmers markets, then after much hard work he had funds to open his own restaurant. Covid changed that plan. Not to be outdone, he started his food truck business called Rollin Roots, a vegan comfort food concept that was very successful. Sadly Avonte lost his food truck to the hands of an arsonist who burned it to the ground. A brick was thrown through the window of a new concept he is working on. A GoFundMe page, led to an outpouring of support, allowing him to work toward his goals again. Avonte is a testament to hard work, tenacity and a desire to help his fellow man, despite facing overwhelming challenges.

Rollin Roots is now open at 8665 Miralani Drive, Suite #100, San Diego CA 92126 Ph: 858-201-5033




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