root, an all vegan restaurant and bar, opened in mid-December 2015 by Rob Garpstas.  Rob became vegan about 6 years ago.  When asked why he became vegan, Rob credits his youngest daughter's interest in animal activism, his father's diagnosis of cancer and a good friend who has been vegan for many years.

Rob has been in the bar and restaurant business for over 20 years, so his food inspiration was simply to provide his patrons with some of their favorite foods and beverages but with a vegan twist.