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Vegetarian cafe opens in Monkton with BambooMoves Yoga

A new cafe and yoga studio have opened in Monkton along the Northern Central Railroad Trail.

Veggie Esperanto, a vegetarian cafe, opened alongside BambooMoves Yoga at 1900 Monkton Road on Sunday.

Husband and wife Nikolai Pandoursky and Monica Ott are behind the joint operation. Pandoursky runs the cafe and serves as a yoga instructor, and Ott owns the yoga studio, which also has a location in Locust Point.

“She’s the yoga boss, I’m the food boss,” Pandoursky said.

They had planned to add a food component to their offerings since Ott opened the Locust Point location at 1624 E. Fort Ave., Pandoursky said.

“When we first moved in we wanted to have some sort of nutritional component with the yoga studio, but we couldn’t find the space,” he said.

He began offering monthly vegan cooking classes called the Yogi Kitchen last year, and plans to continue hosting the classes on Friday nights at the Monkton cafe.

Veggie Esperanto serves Indo-European vegetarian cuisine, including salads, grain and burrito bowls; Mediterranean eats such as phyllo, lasagna and pizza; curry, soups, coffee, tea and ice cream. Breakfast offerings include chia pudding, yogurt, fruit, granola and smoothies, and the cafe serves lunch offerings such as soups, salads, wraps and veggie dogs.

“It’s really an effort to take your practice beyond the mat,” Pandoursky said. “A lot of people want to diversify their diet but they just don’t have the option or the tools.”

The cafe is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and closed Mondays.

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