To Top

Meet Renana Magee of ION Restaurant in Middletown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Renana Magee.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I stopped eating animals when I was 7. I fell in love with ION Restaurant in 1992 and worked my way up to sole owner. Being VEGAN is the least I can do to stop the ongoing torture of innocent creatures.

I believe we have to fight all the -isms together: sexism, racism, speciesism, etc. ION Restaurant is a vehicle for positive change.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Ha! Money issues, landlord issues, staff issues, divorce, attempted extortion — normal small business stuff, but my love for animals keeps me going.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the ION Restaurant story. Tell us more about the business.
We are the longest running vegan restaurant in Connecticut. We are known for having DELICIOUS food — whether you are vegan or not.

Success to me is being able to donate to lots of animal charities. My favorite thing is baking.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Lack of money has forced me to be very creative over the years. I am lucky to have had so many humans try to destroy me because I am strong AF now!

Contact Info:

  • Address: 606 Main Street Middletown, CT
  • Website:
  • Phone: (860) 346-9210
  • Email:
  • Instagram: IONrestaurant
  • Facebook: IONrestaurant
  • Twitter: IONrestaurant

Getting in touch: BostonVoyager is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.

1 Comment

  1. stefanie lantz

    January 3, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Renana & ION restaurant ROCKS!!~ My mouth is literally salivating just writing this comment! Also- not noted- Renana is super supportive to local artists as well! Keep on being you & following your passions Renana- we love what you’re doing!!~

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in

  • Boston’s Most Inspiring Stories

    Every neighborhood in the Greater Boston area has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is...

    Local StoriesOctober 12, 2018
  • BostonVoyager FAQs

    We’ve prepared this FAQ about BostonVoyager (run by Voyage Group of Magazines, LLC) (“Voyage”) in an effort to ensure that anyone...

    Local StoriesSeptember 23, 2018
  • The Influencers

    The BostonVoyager owes a huge debt to the incredible local community of influencers – from fashion bloggers to foodies – who...

    Local StoriesSeptember 19, 2018
  • #BostonCreatives: the local artists who inspire us

    Through a mix of mediums, formats and perspectives local artists illuminate the unknown, color the previously black-and-white and add depth to...

    Local StoriesSeptember 18, 2018
  • Makeover Monday’s: local beauty inspo that blew us away

    New week, new look.  Here’s some inspiration from some of Boston’s most gifted beauty professionals. 👰🏼💫 A post shared by Makeupjunkybyhilda...

    Local StoriesSeptember 17, 2018
  • The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative

    The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us...

    Local StoriesSeptember 17, 2018
  • The Thought-Provokers: Celebrating Artists & Creatives

    Boston has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous...

    Local StoriesSeptember 17, 2018
  • An Artistic Voyage: exploring local creative and artistic works

    Raw, unfiltered creative expression – from stories and photographs to illustrations and paintings – is at the heart of the BostonVoyager. ...

    Local StoriesSeptember 14, 2018
  • Flashes & Strokes: a Tale of Two Mediums

    The digital and traditional arts are thriving in Boston. From newer, technology based media like photography and digital art to more...

    Local StoriesSeptember 13, 2018