Nate Fanara is a Cape Cod local, who grew up in Dennis and attended Cape Cod Tech. After graduating from high school he made the important decision to join the Marines and spent five years traveling on an aircraft carrier around the world. After leaving the Marines, he stayed in San Diego, CA and worked as a commercial diver. It was during this time that he became interested in the vegan diet for health reasons. He began exploring vegan cooking and learning more about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. He had never felt more healthy and physically fit and while maintaining a vegan diet, trained for and completed a Iron Man triathlon, one of the most physically challenging events in the world.
Nate’s father, John Fanara, was a chiropractor on the Cape. He was very proud of Nate, particularly him being a Marine, and sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away in 2010. It was after his father’s death that Nate decided he wanted to move back to the Cape to be closer to his family and pursue a new career. Inspired by his father’s fight with cancer, he became very interested in the healing nature and preventative health benefits of a vegan diet. He wanted to share his passion for vegan and vegetarian food with the Cape Cod community, something that had yet to be done. In pursuing his new career direction, he decided to attend a plant based culinary school in Austin, Texas where he interned at the James Beard award winning restaurant, Uchi, owned by Iron Chef contender Tyson Cole. He spent his time in Austin absorbing the progressive food culture, sharpening his food skills, testing new recipes, and preparing to bring it all back to Cape Cod. Upon returning to the Cape, he didn’t quite know how he was going to share his cooking but did dream of eventually owning his own restaurant. Then not too much later, the right opportunity came along. After hearing of La Petite France Café closing its doors at the end of the year, Nate contacted the owners and both he and them knew that this was meant to be the location of Cape Cod’s first ever vegan and vegetarian restaurant. Thus begins the Green Lotus Café!
Serving breakfast and lunch- vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, raw
Delivery 11-2 (credit/debit only)
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