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Ravi DeRossi Is Expanding Avant Garden and Going Meat-Free at Other Restaurants
By Serena Dai, February 8, 2016
"Ravi DeRossi is about to go all-in with veganism. The restaurateur behind Avant Garden and Death and Co. has been thinking about environmental waste and factory farming, and now, he wants to put his money where his mouth is. DeRossi plans to make as many of his 15 bars and restaurants animal-free as possible — starting with tiki bar Mother of Pearl, which will be eliminating all animal products on February 14."

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NY's 2015 Eater Awards Winners
By Greg Morabito, November 11, 2015
"Within the span of four months, he opened a hot tiki den, one of the year's most exciting vegetarian restaurants, and bar specializing in Champagne, bread, and butter. Impressive."

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Ravi DeRossi to Open Avant Garden, His Upscale Vegan ‘Passion Project’ on 7th Street
By Marguerite Preston, May 11, 2015    
"DeRossi says that this is something he’s been wanting to do for 10 or 20 years, but finding a good vegan chef has always been the “biggest obstacle.” Now, however, he’s found that chef in Andrew D’Ambrosi, who currently runs the kitchen at DeRossi’s Carroll Gardens seafood restaurant, Bergen Hill..."