Hollywood director Lee Daniels is considering opening a vegan restaurant to promote healthy eating.

The Butler moviemaker has become more conscious of his diet in recent years and is hoping to use his knowledge to help others by launching his own meat-free eaterie.

Daniels tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "As I've gotten older, I've gained weight. African Americans, we have to be careful of our weight - so I am thinking about opening a vegan soul food restaurant... I'm trying to be (a vegan). I'm getting there, I'm down to fish and egg whites."