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Franchise Influencers: T.K. Pillan, Founder, Veggie Grill

As part of our annual Influencer Issue, 1851 Franchise has enlisted the help of the franchise community to compile a list of the top people making moves in the franchise industry.

By Savannah BilboStaff Writer
Updated 10:10AM 03/24/23

T.K. Pillan


Pillan is the founder and executive chairman of Veggie Grill. He founded the restaurant in 2006 and has been on a mission to help people advance their conscious food journey in an approachable and attainable manner. He is also the co-founder of Powerplant Ventures, a venture capital fund that supports entrepreneurs. Prior to his work as a food entrepreneur, he also co-founded Guidance Solutions, one of L.A.'s first e-commerce development firms. He earned an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from UCLA.

About Veggie GrillSince 2006, Veggie Grill has been on a mission to change food culture for the better. Its unique, 100% plant-based menu has something for everyone, including classic comfort food, a quick sweet treat or a protein-packed bowl. Tasting is believing. Its food undeniably proves that eating more plants and less meat doesn't mean someone has to sacrifice taste, enjoyment or flavor. It’s comfort food that the world can love; better for them, the planet and all its inhabitants.

Total Locations: 35

Investment Range: $749,000 to $1,297,000

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