Pinky Cole’s Recipe Is Gold, Her Journey To Restaurant Ownership & Beyond | Forbes


Pinky Cole is the owner and successful entrepreneur behind the plant-based Slutty Vegan franchise. Originally from Baltimore, Cole moved to Atlanta to pursue her bachelor’s degree at Clark Atlanta University then ventured to New York working in television production. Between 2010 and 2016, Cole’s career fluctuated between TV producer and casting jobs and her restaurant, Pinky’s Jamaican and American Restaurant in Harlem.

In 2018 Cole sold her first Slutty Vegan orders through delivery apps and then opened a food truck. In 2019 she opened the first brick-mortar Slutty Vegan in Atlanta. Since, she has expanded to 11 locations across New York, Atlanta, Dallas, and Birmingham.

In 2022 Cole released a book titled, Eat Plants, B*tch: 91 Vegan Recipes That Will Blow Your Meat-Loving Mind and went on tour. In 2023, TIME included her in their, 100 Next List.

0:00 Introduction
0:32 What Motivated Pinky To Start A Vegan Restaurant?
2:28 Timing Was Key And Building A Team
3:22 How The Pandemic Helped Slutty Vegan Prosper
4:14 How Pinky Overcame When Starting Her Business
5:52 Building With Like-Minded Individuals Is Key To Success
7:15 Pinky On Confidence And Speaking Positively
8:54 Cultural Currency Is Money
10:33 Who Are Pinky’s Mentors?
13:43 How Pinky Navigated Business Troubles
16:36 What’s The Biggest Lesson Pinky Has Learned So Far?
18:30 How Does Pinky Manage Her Investments?
20:55 Pinky’s Newest Venture- American Sesh
22:15 Pinky’s Advice To Up And Coming Entrepreneurs

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