Portland's only vegan Sri Lankan restaurant offers opportunities for workers

The restaurant is structured as a worker cooperative, meaning those who work there are equal parts owner and employee.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mirisata in Southeast Portland is the only vegan Sri Lankan restaurant in the city. The place offers not only traditional dishes but growth opportunities to its coworkers. 

Founder Alex Felsinger grew up eating Sri Lankan food prepared by his dad, who was raised in central Sri Lanka. Nowadays, Felsinger adds his own personal touch to the special dishes, making all of them fully vegan.

“Everybody just loved it and we knew it was something that we should allow more people to try,”

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