Back in January we told you that Planta, an upscale plant-based restaurant featuring a menu by Chef David Lee, would be coming to 4910 Elm St at Bethesda Row, in the location formerly occupied by Cafe Deluxe (Cafe Deluxe closed permanently back in March of last year). We spoke with a representative from Planta last night who told us that the restaurant is expecting to open early next month (February).
Planta was founded in 2016 and currently has several locations in Florida, New York, and Toronto. Planta has been notable for serving a long list of different celebrities who aren’t plant-based like Rob Gronkowski, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber and more, pushing that the restaurant was created for everyone.
In a recent interview, the owner of Planta Steve Salm explained how he wanted Planta to also appeal to carnivores, people who are used to the seasonings and flavors of meat and still get the taste they love but instead it’s marinated on vegetables. “Our greatest pleasures are what a guest gets from their experience and they say ‘That was just amazing’, ‘I can’t wait to come back’, instead of saying something like, ‘Wow, that’s just so good for a vegan restaurant’, or ‘I can’t believe it’s vegan, it’s so good’,” said the owner.
The Bethesda Row location will seat approximately 140 people inside, as well as an additional 50 people on an outdoor patio, per the restaurant’s January press release.
Photos below courtesy of @Planta on instagram: