3 Barbers Link To Open The Hottest Vegan Restaurant In New Orleans

Black barbers are connected to the community like few others. From corporate professionals to returning citizens, everyone in the Black community has to come to the barbershop. That connection helps barbers know what we need as a community and connect us to it. Three barbers in New Orleans recently decided to start connecting their community in an entirely different way by opening a new vegan restaurant — Vegan Wit a Twist. The restaurant’s offering are 100% plant based but also, 1000% New Orleans.

Roy Joseph, Ryan Billew and Ollie Williams are the founders of Vegan Wit a Twist. The three are barbers and now restaurant owners. The idea started with Joseph routinely bringing vegan food to the shop that he’d cooked. People quickly began to notice how delicious his creations were. At the encouragement of Billew and Williams, Joseph decided to pursue the venture. Since opening in November the trio has seen nothing but success. Authentic New Orleans flavor on plants — healthy and delicious.

Not only does their restaurant encourage patrons to eat and live healthier, it is also a clear encouragement for others to pursue entrepreneurship. As the owners said in a recent interview, “We want everyone to see that you can get together, you can have your own business. You can become an entrepreneur.” They also want us to know that “You can create stuff for yourself and others.” Creating for others and self is important, especially for Black communities. Black people have the genius and means to do for self, we simply need to learn from the example of these three brothers — pull together and make it a reality.

29 comments
  1. Michael
    Michael
    May 30, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Awesome! but there’s no address or even contact info listed.

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    • D'Juan Hopewell
      D'Juan Hopewell • Post Author •
      May 30, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      3225 St Bernard Ave
      (504) 376-9779

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  2. Tell
    Tell
    May 30, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    3225 St. Bernard Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    504-376-9779

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  3. C. Inkosi
    C. Inkosi
    May 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    That’s dope. We will check this out when we in NO. Thank you for sharing this bro. We need more healthy food options in our communities.

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  4. Deliah
    Deliah
    May 30, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Now an option for me in NO…Wonderful! Thanks for the address and phone number in previous comments.

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  5. Said
    Said
    May 31, 2019 at 3:12 am

    It literally says the name of the restaurant and the city that it’s in. Can’t narrow it down any closer than that.

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  6. Meekie
    Meekie
    May 31, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Dope fellas! Keep it up. Set the example and lead the way.
    – Barber love
    @meeksinhairitance

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  7. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    May 31, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks will be home in july… will come thru

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  8. Caroline
    Caroline
    May 31, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Hello from New York. Love Love Love this story. Thank you for reporting it.

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  9. Wanda Owens
    Wanda Owens
    May 31, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Please bring that goodness to Austin Tx. I have been Vegan for 3 years and I love it

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  10. Lynda Knight-Higgs
    Lynda Knight-Higgs
    May 31, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Food Looks so Good.

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  11. Shar lee tuh
    Shar lee tuh
    May 31, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Genius move I love it and I look forward to visiting

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  12. Rashid
    Rashid
    May 31, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Congratulations brothers great work I wish you much prosper and success

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  13. Otto
    Otto
    May 31, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    This is fantastic! Much success to these three brothers.

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  14. Mimi
    Mimi
    May 31, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    I was just in New Orleans last weekend. I wish I had known about this !😫

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  15. Nicole ross
    Nicole ross
    May 31, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Can’t wait to try it when I come for Essence

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  16. DiningWithDime
    DiningWithDime
    May 31, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Do they have social media? IG?

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    • Vegan wit-a twist
      Vegan wit-a twist
      June 1, 2019 at 7:23 pm

      We just want to thank you all (we buy black) for featuring us. This is an amazing platform to inform us about us. This is an amazing opportunity and once again we are gracious.. RESPECT [email protected]_wit_a_twist
      Fb-vegan wit-a twist

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      • D'Juan Hopewell
        D'Juan Hopewell • Post Author •
        June 2, 2019 at 12:05 am

        no worries, thank YOU. Just keep cookin’ and roll wit me, knock with me!

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  17. Amina Williams
    Amina Williams
    May 31, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    My first visit to New Orleans will be this October and I can’t wait to visit.

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  19. Larry Terrell
    Larry Terrell
    June 1, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    franchise when are coming to Georgia

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  20. Sherrie
    Sherrie
    June 1, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Love this, awesome job Kings👑

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  21. Collins
    Collins
    June 1, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Great news will try to get there today. Happy to see this and look forward to meeting the owners. This is New Orleans the food better be great I expect no less 😉
    I could a cut where’s the shop?

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  22. Romunda
    Romunda
    June 1, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Well now me and the hubby have a great reason to visit New Orleans! Awesome 👏🏾

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  23. La Toya
    La Toya
    June 2, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    very nice! great example for our young boys to follow. thx.

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  24. Glen Sr.
    Glen Sr.
    June 4, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Great job Cuz on a successful accomplishment I wish you well to each and everyone of you keep on cooking.
    God Bless y’all

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  25. Elder Ray Fauntroy
    Elder Ray Fauntroy
    June 4, 2019 at 11:17 am

    FANTASTIC YOUNG MEN OF THE CREATOR. STAND FAST TOGETHER. REMEMBER

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  26. Cristina
    Cristina
    June 5, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Yeeesssss! This is exactly what I was looking for! See ya in July! We rolling 10 deep…

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