“Vegan eateries not just for hippies”

AP article on the proliferation of vegetarian restaurants. The article says there are 1,000-1,200 nationwide, a number that sounds very low to me, but it also says the number has doubled in the past 7 years, which I can believe. The article focuses on the growth of high-end vegetarian restaurants: “Once a network of grungy, obscure cafes, the vegetarian and vegan experience in some cities has blossomed on par with its carnivorous counterparts, complete with Zagat ratings and celebrity clienteles.” While all of this is good news, I really don’t like the headline. Maybe some day newspapers will run headlines like “Hamburger joints not just for carnivorous freaks.”