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The Spiral Diners are vegan restaurants located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. There are currently three locations: Dallas, Fort Worth, and Denton. The Fort Worth location is currently the city's only vegan restaurant.
Spiral Diner & Bakery was founded in 2002 by Amy McNutt, a vegan and animal rights advocate. McNutt's purpose in starting Spiral Diner was to demonstrate, in addition to its moral significance, that a vegan diet can be satisfying and delicious.
The first location for the diner was in the Fort Worth Rail Market, a renovated Santa Fe Railroad building that housed a variety of shops and food vendors as well as a Farmer's Market. During its stay there, the diner developed a large and loyal following. After just two years, a larger facility was needed. In 2004, a 1932 vintage building on Magnolia Avenue was acquired and refurbished. In August 2004, Spiral Diner & Bakery opened at that new location where it remains today.
In June 2007 it was announced that Spiral Diner would be opening a second location in Dallas, Texas. Sara Tomerlin, a graduate of Texas Christian University and former Spiral Diner employee, signed a licensing agreement with McNutt to own and operate the Dallas location. After much planning and a major renovation of the chosen site, Tomerlin opened for business in March 2008.
In December 2007, licensing and ownership of Spiral Diner Fort Worth was sold and transferred to Lindsey Akey, a long-time Spiral Diner employee and the restaurant's manager for the past several years. Akey began operation as the new owner on January 1, 2008.
Amy McNutt will remain as the owner of the Spiral Diner brand, serving as a consultant. Future plans may include additional Spiral Diner locations in other Texas cities.
On August 22, 2017, a third Spiral Diner location opened in Denton.
The vegetarian magazine VegNews has featured Spiral Diner in their publication several times and nominated the restaurant for two "Veggie Awards" in 2006. Spiral Diner's Fort Worth location was named the magazine's "Restaurant of the Year" for 2007.
- Fort Worth, Texas - 1314 W. Magnolia Avenue in the Near Southside neighbourhood, between the hospital district and the historic Fairmont neighbourhood.
- Dallas, Texas - 1101 N. Beckley Avenue, at Zang Blvd. near the Bishop Arts District in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas.
- Denton, Texas - 608 E. Hickory St
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- Veggie Awards 2006
- The 2007 Veggie Awards Editors' picks
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- Spiral Diner's website
- At Oak Cliff's Spiral Diner, a Vegan Pancake Champ is Crowned Dallas Observer, February 23, 2009.