Local eatery, hold the meat

For Carolyn Woodard, eating vegan meshes with her Buddhist background and current spiritual beliefs, but she also knows there are health benefits, too. Tim Woodard is diabetic and says eating vegan is great for his body and can also be quite tasty. They're aiming for a menu that's inclusive, however.

"Vegetarians, vegans, that kind of population was not my goal," Carolyn Woodard said.

Visitors to the new eatery shouldn't expect to end up munching on a bowl of roots and lettuce. Woodard is adapting dishes like sloppy joes (made with vegetable protein) macaroni salad, veggie meat ball wraps and veggie chili soup, just to name a few.

Tim Woodard said he thinks the Bethlehem community will be open to the new restaurant, especially when they see how good eating well can be.

"There's a pretty good vegetarian and vegan community here," he said, adding that "it just seems like a cozy little community."

Besides carrying over several dishes, the new owners will do their best to maintain Java Jazz's casual atmosphere and will still offer a variety of teas and coffees (from Spill'n the Beans in Grafton Hills).

An opening date hasn't be set yet.

The Woodards own two area stores: Treasure Ayeland, a toystore in Colonie Center, and

Ye Olde Gift Shoppe in the Wilton Mall.""

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