Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi To Open Vegan Restaurant

Celebrity vegan couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are planning to open a vegan restaurant, The Hollywood Reporter reveals.

Along with singer Chrissie Hynde and producer Steve Bing, the pair will be investing in an animal-product-free eating establishment in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley.

DeGeneres A Passionate Animal Activist

DeGeneres is well known for her animal activism. As Care2′s Megan Drake wrote here, DeGeneres was the spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s annual Adopt-A-Turkey Project last year.  This is a program where, for a onetime $30 donation, anyone can sponsor a turkey.  In return, you receive a certificate with a color photo of your adopted friend.

And it turns out that she’ll be back again next month to serve as Farm Sanctuary’s spokesperson, inviting everyone to save, not eat, a turkey this Thanksgiving season.

Then there’s her new website, Going Vegan with Ellen, launched in August, that includes recipes, frequently asked questions, resources and info on celebrities who have gone vegan.

What Will The New Restaurant Look Like?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, vegan chef Tal Ronnen will do the menu. Ronnen catered the couple’s vegan wedding and is also known for preparing meals for a 21-day vegan cleanse undertaken by Oprah Winfrey in 2008.  And designer Waldo Fernandez, who has created interiors for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, will be creating the space.

No word yet on what type of pricing to expect!


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Ashlyine B.3 years ago

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Aud Nordby
Aud nordby4 years ago

Thanks.Ellen is a good person:-)

MEE Techy
MEE Techy4 years ago

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Diane L.
Diane L.4 years ago

"I love Ellen. Did you see her stint in Justin Beibers video? it was hilarious! "....No, Cynthia, but I did see her on one of the late night talk shows, I think Jimmy Kimmel. He asked her about the fact that Oprah has left the same time slot, so her show has less competition. She cracked me up when she said, "Yeah, maybe I will call in sick tomorrow". She is, indeed, her own person. She does what she wants, dresses the way she wants, etc. Loved the fact she's very pretty, has a beautiful face, can wear that short "cupie" hair do (wish I could), and bright red SOCKS!

Diane L.
Diane L.4 years ago

OMG, Marie, Pego is in complete support of Ellen's right to open a restaurant and it's a vegan restaurant. So am I. Why do you attack Pego for doing that? Are you so blinded to "your cause" that you have no tolerance for anyone else who isn't exactly like you, do exactly as you suggest and "advise" and nothing but? So WHAT if Ellen happens to have a small part of her life involved with an organization that does not have your personal approval? Don't buy CG products (I'm betting you don't anyway, and I'm biting my lip to say why), but fact is, Ellen is vegan. She's got the fame, money and power to promote a retail (public) establishment that is "near and dear" to her heart. Eat there (you would have a very long commute) or don't. Leave her (Ellen) alone. She's a great person.

Cynthia Kathleen
Cindy Parks4 years ago

I love Ellen. Did you see her stint in Justin Beibers video? it was hilarious!

Marie B.
Past Member 4 years ago

Gee, Pego, now you are speaking for ALL vegan restaurants too? Funny how some people like to act as though their narrow disinformed views are fact. Vegan food "ethics" mean that we don't have the corpse of any animal on our plates-- meaning we have not intentionally caused the unconscionable suffering and violent death that ALL animals you consider to be nothing more than "food" are forced to endure. Clearly you have SEVERAL problems with the vegan venue, dear, and anyone who has read your posts knows this.

Being vegan is better for human health, it is gentler to the environment, uses FAR less resources than animal agriculture, and it is the ultimate way to show genuine compassion, empathy and respect for animals.

Joan S.
Joan S.4 years ago

I was an ethical vegitarian for over 20 years. Most likely if I was raising my own animals I would never be able to put them down and then cook them. I did start eating meat again when I found there were farms that raised their animals humanly and also ended their lives gently. As it is though I eat mean only a couple of times a month. I do feel that humans are omnivores which explains my cravings for meat at times. I do laud those who live without it. And I love Ellen and Portia so wish them all the best in their endeavor.

Alicia N.
Alicia N.4 years ago

GREAT! The more the better.
Good luck to the ladies.
What comes from your heart, it's always good.

Pego Rice
Pego R.4 years ago

I really think that she is doing too many useful things by her position with CV to give up Cover Girl easily. I think that she is too politically savvy to give up it's use until something even more socially and politically productive comes along. It is difficult to both be "pure" AND effective. People who talk only to narrow venues will only speak to people who are already convinced.

My only problem with a vegan venue is that it is still hard for me to come by the local, organic, sustainably-raised, GMO-free foods that my food ethics demand. More and more I try to grow my own or work through a network of localizm people to find regional farmers. These people are, then, not forced to go through "organic" inspection if I can come out to see for myself what they are doing. That is now I can get sustainable-basically-organic foods for reasonable prices. That is also how some of my local restaurateurs stock their kitchens. These are the restaurants I try to go to over vegan restaurants that, sadly, usually just stop at being vegan.