Vegan Japanese Restaurant Owners Could Be Denied Visas If Their Sales Don’t Increase

An immigrant couple running an organic vegan restaurant in California might be forced to return to Japan if they do not meet target sales required for the renewal of their visas.

Akira and Ana built VegiLicious, located in Huntington Beach, from a $200,000 capital in 2013 to “help better the situations for people, animals and the planet.”

 

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Kobe Beef is known as the highest quality beef. Akira, who was the manager of a famous Kobe beef BBQ restaurant chain, turned vegan, felt guilty, quit the job, opened up VegiLicious where he can put all his love and heart into the food, and finally invented all plant-based protein-rich fat-less Kobe, which is even way more delicious😋👍❤️ Please come experience the world’s best healthiest vegan thin sliced Kobe BBQ and ask yourself if it is really plant-based😃🤗💕 Akira & Ana VegiLicious Organic & Vegan Modern Japanese Vegan Cuisine 16821 Algonquin St., #103 Huntington Beach, CA 92649 (3 doors behind Trader Joe’s) 714-362-7394 vegilicious-us.com Lunch 11:45 – 3 Dinner 5:30 – 9 Closed Tuesdays #vegan #organic #veganrestaurant #organicrestaurant #organicveganfood #ramen #veganramen #veganfood #huntingtonbeach #glutenfreeramen #glutenfree #organicramen #japanesecurry #vegandessert #vegancake #veganicecream #vegilicious #crueltyfree #guiltfree #dairyfree #dairyfreedessert #bestratedveganrestaurant #japanesevegan #macrobiotics #macrobioticfood

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To establish VegiLicious, Akira quit his former job as a general manager of a large BBQ restaurant chain.

Today, the restaurant, which offers food “from scratch with organic ingredients and love,” boasts a 4.5-star rating on Yelp, but it needs more revenue so that the couple can stay and continue operations.

“Although VegiLicious has become one of the best-rated vegan restaurants in the U.S. on Yelp, things have sometimes been difficult for the foreign couple in this no.1 meat-consuming country, especially in the old area of Huntington Beach City, where very few people are interested in vegan food,” a post in the restaurant’s Instagram page read.

“We are here for the investment visa and the U.S. government always requires us to raise the sales for our visa renewal. In case they decline our visa renewal, we will be forced to close the restaurant and have to go back to Japan.”

 

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Ana’s Organic Vegan Raspberry Lemon Cheese Cake is beyond dairy cheese cakes and has so many amazing flavors that melt in your mouth😋👍💕 You can add a scoop of dairy-free ice cream on the side😍 Please come enjoy our various organic vegan desserts and feel the difference❤️❤️❤️ Ask for gluten/soy free🤗 Love & Peace Akira & Ana VegiLicious Organic & Vegan Modern Japanese Vegan Cuisine 16821 Algonquin St., #103 Huntington Beach, CA 92649 (3 doors behind Trader Joe’s) 714-362-7394 vegilicious-us.com Lunch 11:45 – 3 Dinner 5:30 – 9 Closed Tuesdays #vegan #organic #veganrestaurant #organicrestaurant #organicveganfood #ramen #veganramen #veganfood #huntingtonbeach #glutenfreeramen #glutenfree #organicramen #japanesecurry #vegandessert #vegancake #veganicecream #vegilicious #crueltyfree #guiltfree #dairyfree #dairyfreedessert #bestratedveganrestaurant #japanesevegan #macrobiotics #macrobioticfood

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Akira and Ana are inviting people to come over.

“Please come dine and/or order food to-go so we can continue contributing to the health and real happiness of people and the planet next year, the year after and more. We are looking forward to serving you soon.”

 

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My wife and I come from Japan and have a big dream that one day all the people in the world will live happy & peacefully. Because America is the No.1 or No.2 country of obesity, disease, meat consumption, and greenhouse gas emission from livestock (per person), we wanted to help better the situations for people, animals and the planet and established the organic vegan restaurant “VegiLicious” in this country spending $200,000 in 2013 quitting Akira’s former job, the general manager of a large BBQ restaurant chain. We make healthy delicious nutritious food from scratch WITH organic ingredients and LOVE withOUT white sugar, refined salt, oil (except for organic olive oil for pan-fried items) and MSG unlike most other restaurants for your health & real happiness. Although VegiLicious has become one of the best rated vegan restaurants in the US on yelp, things have sometimes been difficult for the foreign couple in this No.1 meat consuming country especially in the old area of Huntington Beach City where very few people are interested in vegan food🥺🤔 We are here for the investment visa and the US government always requires us to raise the sales for our visa renewal. In case they decline our visa renewal, we will be forced to close the restaurant and have to go back to Japan. Please come dine and/or order food to go so we can continue contributing to the health & real happiness of people and the planet next year, the year after and more. We are looking forward to serving you soon. Akira & Ana VegiLicious Modern Japanese Organic Vegan Cuisine 16821 Algonquin St, #103 Huntington Beach, CA 92649 (3 doors behind Trader Joe’s in Huntington Harbour Mall) 714-362-7394 vegilicious-us.com Lunch: 11:45 – 3 Dinner: 5:30 – 9 Closed on Tuesdays #vegan #organic #veganrestaurant #organicrestaurant #organicveganfood #ramen #veganramen #veganfood #huntingtonbeach #glutenfreeramen #glutenfree #organicramen #japanesecurry #vegandessert #vegancake #veganicecream #vegilicious #crueltyfree #guiltfree #dairyfree #dairyfreedessert #bestratedveganrestaurant #japanesevegan #macrobiotics #macrobioticfood

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Twitter user @cyberbully_155, a concerned patron, shared the restaurant’s situation on Twitter in an effort to help it survive.

“GUYS! My favorite vegan Japanese restaurant might be at risk of having to close down due to the fact that their visas could get denied if their sales do not rise. Please RT.”

The tweet, which was posted on June 15, has since received 48,000 likes and 40,000 retweets, with many showing up to try their food.

“Stopped by for dinner tonight! Guys, it was so packed! Thank you for all the engagement! Akira and Ana were so happy,” @cyberbully_155 wrote in a follow-up tweet. “Be advised [that] if you come, it’s a bit of a wait because they aren’t used to the volume of customers, but be patient! I’m in actual tears right now.”

The surge of new customers is a good sign for business, but whether Akira and Ana have been meeting sales targets is unclear.

Netizens shared their plans to visit:

Meanwhile, those unable to visit can check out their merchandise:

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