Two years ago, Mike's food truck may have exploded into flames, but this past weekend, "Planet Vegan" was thriving. It was a symbol of hope, resilience, and community support. And for Mike, it was a dream come true. He had turned his tragedy into triumph, and his passion for veganism had not only changed his life but the lives of those around him. 




18 months ago, Mike's business was halted after being destroyed in a fire that injured a bystander and McElroy’s business partner Joe Ellis. Ellis spent several months in the hospital with second- and third-degree burns but is expected to return to work in February 2024. The community of Fresno rallied around Mike, showing an outpouring of support and love. They organized fundraising campaigns and donated their time and resources to help him get back on his feet. With their help, Mike was able to raise enough funds to launch a brick-mortar restaurant. 




The grand opening of "Planet Vegan" was a huge success, with lines of people eagerly waiting to try out Mike's famous vegan burgers and fries. The menu was simple yet delicious, and every dish was made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Mike's passion for veganism and his love for cooking shone through in every bite, and customers couldn't get enough.





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