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Stephanie Kind, a Navy veteran, opened a vegetarian-friendly restaurant, the Black Walnut Kitchen, on Monroes Square next to Bartels Bar & Tap. Opening day was Jan. 30. Originally from California, Kind moved to Monroe last year to be closer to her parents. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
When Stephanie Kind told her meat-eating parents she was becoming a vegan at the age of 12, she started learning how to cook for herself. Now roughly two decades later, she's providing vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options to Monroe at the recently opened Black Walnut Kitchen.

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