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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

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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!!~

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