Today, vegan eatery PLNT Burger is opening its fifth location inside a Whole Foods Market in Washington, DC. The chain’s flagship location opened in September 2019 as the first vegan concept of chef Spike Mendelsohn, a restaurateur known for his appearances on Bravo’s Top Chef and the Food Network. Mendelsohn created the concept after Seth Goldman—the former Executive Chairman at Beyond Meat—introduced him to the vegan Beyond Burger, which he saw as better for people, animals, and the planet. PLNT Burger offers an indulgent array of Beyond Burgers topped with Follow Your Heart’s vegan cheese, mushroom-bacon, and guacamole, alongside Beyond Meat-based chili, Beyond Sausage-stuffed hot dogs, and vegan chicken sandwiches made with crispy oyster mushrooms.
The newest location will open only a month after PLNT Burger’s fourth location opened in Wynnewood, PA. “We are super excited about opening our fifth PLNT Burger inside Whole Foods Market,” Mendelsohn said. “This is the first PLNT Burger location that was specifically designed and opened with our store in mind and we can’t wait to share some delicious food with our fellow Washingtonians in the historic Shaw district.”
On August 1, PLNT Burger will update its menu with three new items: Spicy Chik‘n Funguy Sandwich; PLNT Kale Caesar Salad; and Chipotle Ranch Southwestern Salad. All locations are practicing health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including disinfecting work surfaces, requiring staff to wear face masks, offering contact-free pick-up (and delivery), and pre-packing condiments and drinks for individual use.