Organic vegetables displayed at a market in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir/File)
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Patrick Aramouni, also known as "the Shirtless Vegan" on Instagram, came to Lebanon two months ago for the sole purpose of opening a vegan restaurant.Aramouni, who grew up in Lebanon and moved to Montreal when he was 18, said he embraced the vegan lifestyle, which excludes all forms of animal exploitation and animal products, "overnight" four years ago. Aramouni plans to open his vegan restaurant in Beirut by the end of this year.Vegan options and businesses are growing in Lebanon, with the Vegan Lebanon directory now listing 68 restaurants that offer vegan options in the country.Hayek estimated around 300 attendees participated in the conference, which was "more than anyone expected". He said the growing community showed a demand for more vegan options.Just six months ago, for example, Roadster Diner created a separate vegan menu, while Crepaway introduced a vegan burger over a year ago.The restaurant will serve "vegan comfort food".
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