Owners of Gracias Madre Vegan Restaurant Are Exposed as Meat Eaters

A town like West Hollywood, where the sale of fur is banned and dog owners are officially designated as their “guardians,” nevertheless tolerates if not enjoys the sale and consumption of meat.

But will it tolerate the fact that owners of one of the city’s most prominent vegan restaurants have been exposed as meat eaters?

Terces and Matthew Englehart
Terces and Matthew Englehart

Stories in Hollywood Reporter and the U.K.’s The Guardian say animal rights activists have found and made public meat-friendly blog entries from the website for Be Love Farm, the Vacaville farm owned by Matthew and Terces Engelhart (Terces, by the way, is Secret spelled backwards). The blog posts make clear that they are raising, slaughtering and eating animals on the farm, which is north of San Francisco. The Engleharts own the famous Cafe Gratitude vegan restaurant in San Francisco and one in Los Angeles and Mexican-themed Gracias Madre vegan restaurants on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood and in San Francisco. They promote themselves as a somewhat mystical couple with a website titled Eternal Presence.

Photos on the farm’s website, The Guardian reports, include “a freezer full of pastured beef, jars of gravy and Matthew enjoying a hamburger, with posts on their ‘transition’ into meat products after nearly 40 years of vegetarianism.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the couple have received death threats after it was revealed last week that they were slaughtering and eating animals.

And there are angry comments on the Cafe Gratitude Facebook page. “Well now you might as well change your name to Cafe Ingratitude,” wrote a commenter identified as Vanessa Perego. “You made a name for yourself as a vegan establishment and now you turn around and kill poor innocent animals on your very own farm. Not a fan of fake, all in the name of the dollar bill.”

“Very sad to hear this. Giving animals a beautiful life only to then take a knife to their throats is The Ultimate Betrayal,” writes Molly Flanagan on the Gracias Madre West Hollywood Facebook page.

“I just found out you raise and slaughter animals on your ‘Be Love’ Farm. Not very loving. Skip the psych babble about peace and love. It begins on your plate,” wrote Hulya Johnson on the same page.

“People have taken up the mob mentality,” Matthew Englehart told the Reporter. “It saddens me that the choices we made in the privacy of our home would lead people to feel so betrayed that it’s elevated to threats on our lives. I’m very discouraged.”

In a statement later, he said: “Cows make an extreme sacrifice for humanity but that is their position in God’s plan as food for the predators. We can be part of that sacrament.”


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Christopher
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Christopher

So they’re exposed as hypocrites. Now move on. People have a choice to eat whatever they want. Whether it’s vegan or not. No need to put down others who don’t share your practices. It’s ridiculous. Worry about your own life.

Andrea
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Andrea

Geez, so many dumb comments. Thank you for putting the story out there, exposing the Engelharts as what they are – religious zealots. They seriously think the war in Iraq and Syria happens because of a lack of cows – it’s on their website of be love farm. They prescribe to some charlatan freak whose ‘science’ has been debunked. I don’t like their god-babble at all. They’ve been in hot water before for short-changing their employees up in the Bay Area and had to close their restaurants there. You can’t pretend to run an ethical vegan business and stuff your… Read more »

William Margold
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Indeed…they are called “Sheeple”…and while I bask in the glow of my real name as well as my website…the bleating masses that cringe when their real names are bared to the eyes of the easily pleased frequenters of such sites like this…prefer to hide behind inane nicknames and images that only succeed in making their comments even more puerile.

JJ
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JJ

Right on, Michael. This is utterly ridiculous.

Baa Baa
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Baa Baa

The whole of western civilization has become so many sheep that don’t even need pens because their minds are petrified and putrefied by their keepers…..ADM, Montsano and others. Vast swaths are being slow walked from bad genetically modified food right into the caverns of the medical industrial complex and offered an array of life destroying drugs which sap their health as well as their wallets. Poor dumb, sleep walking sheep…..the perfect pawns.

Rudolf Martin
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Rudolf Martin

Who are the people who upon reading a story rush to create an alias to write a comment claiming that the story that just propelled them to comment was not newsworthy?

JR
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JR

Really? Go eat at a burger shack made with caged animals that never saw the light of day. The 2nd largest chicken supplier in usa was recently caught with diseased chickens with their organs coming out while still alive. So genetically modified they can’t stand. Almost all cows in USA are fed Monsanto GMO corn which is toxic. No wonder so many sick people. You are what you eat. Eat organic. Find farms that aren’t sprayed with chemtrails even if organic. No caged animals should be eaten! It’s the most unethical way to eat animals and unsafe for humans long… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

My goodness, so much ado about nothing. First, drop all that mystic silliness– what a bunch of malarky. Second, If you want a vegan meal, you can get a great one at Gracias Madre; or, if you want some meat, knock back a burger at Shake Shack or make one at home, like the Engleharts. After all, isn’t choice a wonderful thing?

g
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g

This is a waist of an article … Sounds like there was a lack of content this week or someone was bored and had a vendetta. Who CARES snore !

Manny
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Manny

Interesting story and revelation…..Thanks Wehoville!

William Margold
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Way too much of a muchness here. Running non-stories like this will eventually transform WEHOVILLE into WEHOVILE!.

robert
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robert

there is no such thing as a vegan. you put a piece of mean in front of them and the inhale it, but do it in private.

besides the human brain did not start grown and evolving until we started eating meat. the only reason we are no longer Early Man is because we eat meat.

Good for the owners….if people are dumb enough to buy it, keep selling it!