“I think society has a long way to go with eating habits but Amy’s is getting such wonderful exposure and attention, I hope it will make people think about what they’re eating,” said Keigley.
As a vegetarian, Keigley takes pride in what she eats and hopes Amy’s Drive Thru will inspire others to lead a healthier lifestyle.
“Amy’s Kitchen gives me hope for the future,” said Keigley. “Not only for the well being of animals but for our health as human beings.”
According to a spokesperson of Amy’s Kitchen, the drive through restaurant sources as many ingredients as possible from the local community. The restaurant serves coffee from Coast Roast Coffee based in Tomales, Calif. as well as pickles from Sonoma Brinery.
Amy’s Kitchen is also equipped with a living roof populated by native, drought resilient plants that reduce heating and cooling needs of the restaurant. To sustain the roof and other plants on the property, the restaurant has a water tower that collects rain water.
According to the Raw Food World, roughly 16 million Americans consider themselves vegetarian as of 2015, a figure that has more than doubled in the last seven years. With an increased interest in vegetarianism in recent years, Amy’s Drive Thru is expected to be the first of many locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, according to ABC 7 News.
Other aspects of Amy’s Drive Thru that appeal to college students are the convenience and proximity to Sonoma State as well as the affordability of the food. With prices ranging from $2 to $8, the restaurant offers many options that fit college students’ budgets and diets.
“Amy’s Drive Thru will make fast food for our community less of a guilty option, and give a good meal to those with busy lives and smaller budgets,” said Fischer.
By combining cheap and convenient prices with fresh and organic ingredients, McDonalds may have found a new competitor in the world of fast food with the opening of Amy’s Drive Thru.