'Nation's first' vegetarian drive-through restaurant draws a crowd

Byby Cornell Barnard KGO logo
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Nation's first organic drive-through opens in Rohnert Park
It has only been open for five days and Amy's Restaurant is struggling to keep up with the high demand.

ROHNERT PARK, California -- The crowds have been non-stop during the first week of business at a North Bay, California fast food restaurant with a twist. It's a drive-through that is actually good for you.

Owners say it is the nation's first organic drive-through. It has only been open five days, and already it is struggling to keep up with demand.

Hungry customers at the new Amy's drive-thru were patient and determined to order lunch. The wait is really long. Some said they heard the wait was 20 minutes long.

The line inside the restaurant was almost out the door, all for a chance to try organic, vegetarian fast food.

Kelsea Baraga was trying a veggie Amy burger and brought her mom along to try it too.

"Processed foods definitely are big on my mind. My daughter keeps bugging me about going vegetarian," Amy Baraga said.

You won't find burgers or fried chicken on the menu, but you will see healthier options such as vegan Mac 'N' Cheese and gluten free pizza.

"The actual demand has been a bit overwhelming," Paul Schiefer from Amy's Restaurant said.

Schiefer said the local company, which has been making frozen organic foods for years, never dreamed the restaurant would be such a hit.

"So many people have shown up and it's giving us a lot of hope that this is a concept that works," Schiefer said.

Carolyn and James Wasielewski came from Petaluma to check it out. Carolyn said they came to "celebrate good food and be healthy."

James is still skeptical. He had the vegetarian burrito and said, "It could be better, but it's edible."

The food is sustainably grown. Employees are paid a living wage with health benefits.

If business stays like this, Amy's plans to open other drive-through across California's Bay Area.