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Brothers’ vision for Hash Vegan Eats goes beyond food – mySA

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Rogelio Sanchez beat his addiction to pills and alcohol nine years ago. In the moral reckoning that followed, he decided his love of animals required him to become vegan, eating no meat or animal products of any kind.

With his brother Michael, who is also vegan and sober, he opened Hash Vegan Eats in October 2020. They decided to locate it on the South Side, where they grew up, because so few places in the area cater to vegans. Though San Antonio is home to more than a dozen vegan resta…….

Rogelio Sanchez beat his addiction to pills and alcohol nine years ago. In the moral reckoning that followed, he decided his love of animals required him to become vegan, eating no meat or animal products of any kind.

With his brother Michael, who is also vegan and sober, he opened Hash Vegan Eats in October 2020. They decided to locate it on the South Side, where they grew up, because so few places in the area cater to vegans. Though San Antonio is home to more than a dozen vegan restaurants, most are downtown or on the North Side.

“You can’t find that down here,” Rogelio Sanchez said. “It’s very heartbreaking because I love this side of town, but if you go up and down Southwest Military, it’s a food desert: Pizza Patron, Burger King, McDonald’s.”


The brothers’ restaurant has a long and diverse menu with dishes such as BBQ Chick-N, Phish tacos and a take on the traditional Mexican dish of pozole using jackfruit instead of pork. It also offers coffee drinks and artfully made mocktails, or non-alcoholic cocktails, as well as teas and sweets suffused with CBD, or cannabidiol.

They grew up in poverty, Sanchez said: “We didn’t know what comforter sheets were. I mean, electricity was cut off every other day — it was a really hard way to grow up.” Above the restaurant’s doorway is a portrait of their mother, who died 14 years ago as a result of alcohol and drug abuse.

“In her memory, we do this,” he said. “Because if this were available back then, when she was struggling, when she was trying to find a way out, things could have been different. With that in mind, I want to help people.”

Sanchez is open about his history as an addict, posting a picture of himself passed out next to a can of Bud Light on the restaurant’s Instagram page. The time he spent as a bartender on the River Walk helped fuel the abuse, he said. For a time, he was homeless.

That past helps him relate to those undergoing similar struggles, Sanchez said, and he wants to use the restaurant to help them. Inside, there is a small food pantry for the homeless, whom he refers to as “houseless.” In fact, Hash is an acronym for “heal and spread healing.”

Earlier this year, the restaurant stumbled after the February snowstorm cut into its revenue, leading the Texas Comptroller’s office to threaten to shut it down for delinquent tax payments. The brothers stayed in business thanks …….

Source: https://www.mysanantonio.com/sa-inc/article/Brothers-vision-for-Hash-Vegan-Eats-goes-16684768.php