Sookie's chicken sandwich

When Sookie’s owner John McCune became a vegan in college, he soon discovered it was challenging to dine out with his friends. “[They] were going to a lot of casual places and there weren’t options for me,” he says. Determined to “fill that gap” and with concern for the natural environment, McCune launched Sookie’s Veggie Burgers as a food trailer in Milwaukee before moving to Madison and vending at events on the festival circuit. In March 2022, he opened a brick-and-mortar spot on State Street. “I grew up in Stoughton, I know about State Street,” McCune says. “I knew it was ripe for an all-vegan place.”

Sookie’s offers fast-casual dishes like burgers, breakfast sandwiches, hash browns and a hummus plate. It’s quick, tasty and affordable food with a mission. “We are trying to minimize our carbon footprint by moving to plant-based food,” McCune says.

Sookie's tater tots
Sookie's dining room
Sookie's partner products
Sookie's table
John McCune and Sookie

Sookie's owner John McCune poses next a mural that includes the restaurant's namesake.