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First Look: Govinda's reopens as a weekend vegetarian/vegan cafe after a remodel

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Over the years, Govinda's Buffet has been an on-again, off-again, on-again, all-you-can-eat weekend buffet for vegetarians and vegans -- and now it's back on again, in a big way, as Govinda's Garden Cafe. It has the same address, 1400 Cherry Street, but a new look, a slightly newer name and new management.

See also: Govinda's buffet caters to vegetarian spiritualists

The eatery -- which will still be open weekends only -- is celebrating its relaunch this weekend with celebrations from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday, with free food and live music. Here's what you'll find on the weekend menu: Friday menu Vegan eggplant mousaka Vegan veggie curry Steamed broccoli and carrots with tahini sauce Penne pasta with fresh basil and tomatoes Basmati rice Carrot-ginger soup Homemade whole wheat bread Papadam wafers

Saturday menu Vegan mock-fish sticks (tofu) with vegan tartar sauce Vegan spinach and potatoes in coconut sauce Steamed broccoli and carrots with tahini sauce Basmati and brown rice Yellow mung dal soup with sweet potatoes Tangy tamarind chutney Homemade whole wheat bread Papadam wafers

Although the look and much of the menu is new, the philosophy behind the restaurant is the same. Here's the description from the govinda's website:

As a part of our ancient Vedic tradition, our mission is to offer fresh, natural, and organic vegetarian and vegan cuisine that promotes good health and elevates the consciousness. Everything we prepare is an offering to the Supreme - infused with love - Bhakti. In Sanskrit this means "loving service". Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of love and devotion and the path we follow that serves to reconnect us with the divine and to reawaken the eternal blissful love that is within each of our hearts.

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