Why did the owner of a barbecue restaurant become vegan and choose the way of the vegan diet giving up the very
popular barbeque restaurant?
I was the owner of a barbecue restaurant, and the restaurant was very busy and hard to handle the operation even if I had 15 employees work. I enlarged the space of the restaurant, bought a house, and everything was going very well. I felt like I wanted to have a pet, and my eyes stopped at a certain website when I was searching on internet. It showed pets that could be purchased like commodity, and besides that there were animals that were going to be killed. Furthermore, there were more pages showing terrible situations that I could not help covering my eyes. Those photos and information overwrapped the image of the pet that I wanted to have, and it made me impossible to eat meat from the day. And day by day I could not eat fish, eggs, or dairy products. Thinking if it was right that I had been doing and eating, I started feeling inconsistency to my work. Despite the feeling, the sales was going up smoothly.
But somewhere in my heart, “I have to quit, but I have a family….” I was feeling a lot of conflict to the inconsistency everyday. “If you really want to quit, you’d better quit,” my wife said. I always stopped myself saying, “How could we live? We have kids.” “I would be able to muddle through if just myself, but I have to feed my family.” More than that, I could not make up my mind to move forward even throwing away all the things that I had been building up. The more I told myself it would be enough if my family and I would not eat meat and some lives of animals and children suffering starvation in the world would be saved, the more I felt empty, and I felt so much guilt to continue the barbeque restaurant. But I wanted to be honest to my heart. Then what should I do? What I can do now is just cooking. Let’s do a vegan restaurant! I closed the real busy barbeque restaurant for this mission. Someone was kindly offering to buy it for a high price and I was wondering if I should sell, but I somehow decided not to and finally was able to open Vegans Cafe and Restaurant. It took two years to come to this conclusion since I became vegan.