Kelli Myatt and her husband Darrell spent the quarantine doubling the size of their veg cafe in Watauga, north of Fort Worth. Photos courtesy of Healthy Hippie.

June 16, 2020

During the quarantine, many restaurants have suffered as the world has shut down – so it’s encouraging to see some good news from one of our local favorites.

On Friday, the Healthy Hippie Cafe held a grand opening for their expanded venue north of Fort Worth.

Since 2016, the Healthy Hippie in Watauga has been offering wholesome, organic, 100 percent plant-based food. Like many local businesses, they have been challenged this spring during the coronavirus lockdown, but they did not let it slow down their plans to expand and renovate their dining room and install a bar.

For the past few three months, owner Kelli Myatt and her husband, Darrell, have been working to more than double their square footage to 3,000 feet. In addition, they have installed five new booths, a large eight-person table and three outdoor tables. They’ve also just obtained their liquor license and will be serving a wide selection of alcoholic drinks.

Healthy Hippie's new bar and live music venue.The Healthy Hippie's new space includes a bar and live music venue. Photo courtesy of Avery Simon.

“We’ve added a full service bar with organic, vegan wines, local brews and culinary cocktails and 12 bar stools on the bar side and eight bar stools on the café side,” said Kelli Myatt. 

They’re also offering live music every Friday starting at 6 p.m. featuring local artists.

Healthy Hippie live music venueThe Healthy Hippie offers live music every Friday, starting at 6 p.m. Photo by Avery Simon.

Having dined at the Healthy Hippie several times, I can personally vouch for the delicious food, eclectic Bohemian decor and the pleasant and welcoming atmosphere and staff. The relaxing ambiance of the place makes you feel right at home and their vegan fare is amazing. 

My go tos are the sumptuous nachos piled high with vegan queso, red onions and cilantro as well the spinach, potato and onion empanadas – plus a wide variety of speciality drinks including their signature turmeric tea and refreshing strawberry lemonade just to name a few.

The Healthy Hippie green pea burger

The Healthy Hippie's vegan green pea burger. Photo by Farrar Food Photography.

Furthermore, the standard Healthy Hippie menu has been upgraded and they’ve even added a new “shareables” section.

Myatt explains, “This includes our new Flatbread Pizza; Roma Pesto and Il Foragiatto, three flavors of Empanadas and Sweet Potato (air) fries! The shareables will be available after the main kitchen closes for bar guests until 11 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, until 12 a.m. on Fridays and 1 a.m. on Saturdays!”

The Healthy Hippie's homemade energy barsThe Healthy Hippie's homemade energy bars feature six flavors: Goji Berry, Amaranth, Maca, Hemp, Brownie and Summer Special: Lemon. Photo by Farrar Food Photography.

You won’t want to miss the Healthy Hippie drink specials at “Sunset Hour” which will change each month according to when the sun goes down. For June, it’s from 8 p.m to 9 pm. They are also hosting an Industry Night on Wednesdays for those who work in the restaurant, hotel, bar and airline businesses with special deals and discounts. 

With their new expansion, they are also featuring three TVs in the main dining area with nature and animal videos and the ability to stream games, music and other programming. There will be meeting space for parties and special events – something to keep in mind for when things return to normal.

Customers can also order online for pickup during regular hours – or for delivery through Grubhub or Doordash. 

Visit HealthyHippieCafe.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see current updates.

 

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