Kevin Hart Opens New Plant-Based, Fast-Food Restaurant in LA

Kevin Hart Opens New Plant-Based, Fast-Food Restaurant in LA
Kevin Hart poses for a portrait at the opening of his new vegan fast-food restaurant "Hart House" in Los Angeles on Aug. 24, 2022. (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES—Kevin Hart already has a thriving comedy and acting career, and now he’s aiming for people’s stomachs.

The prolific actor-comedian opened his first plant-based, fast-food restaurant called Hart House on Thursday in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles near the city’s airport. He wants this new venture to attract regular plant-base eaters along with those who haven’t yet been introduced to that world of healthy eating.

“Our business is in the business of feeling good. That’s what Kevin Hart is about,” he said in an interview before the restaurant’s official opening, which got off to a strong start with a long lines of customers throughout the day. While sitting alongside his wife, Eniko Hart, the actor scarfed down a plant-based crispy chick’n sandwich, chick’n nuggets and tots.

In creating Hart House, the comedian-actor teamed up with restaurateur Andy Hooper, chef Mike Salem, and businessman Michael Rubin, who was an investor.

Salem, who developed Hart House’s menu options, was the head of culinary innovation at Burger King where he helped launch the Impossible Whopper.

Along with his flagship location, Hart wants to open six more Hart House restaurants by the end of the year. He already has two locations under construction in Los Angeles including one in the Hollywood area.

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