PLNT Burger — a vegan fast-casual restaurant chain from local celebrity chef and Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn — is no longer Kosher-certified, according to a report from YeahThatsKosher.
Washington, D.C.-based certification agency DC Kosher announced the change yesterday on its Instagram account. YeahThats Kosher reported that due to PLNT Burger’s rapid expansion, DC Kosher no longer felt comfortable providing the chain with its kosher certification.
Dear DCKosher consumers,
We are writing to share the news that as of November 1st, 2022, all @plntburger locations will cease to be under the supervision of DCKosher.
As the brand enjoys amazing success and expands, we are unable to continue to certify them.
If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]
-The DCKosher team
The first PLNT Burger location opened inside the Whole Foods Market at 833 Wayne Ave. in Downtown Silver Spring in September of 2019. Mendelsohn has since expanded the concept to several locations inside Whole Foods Market locations in the D.C. metropolitan area, as well as in Boston, New York, and Pennsylvania. The restaurant’s 12th location, a two-story New York City flagship, recently opened in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood.
“PLNT Burger has proven itself as the first successful fast-food chain to serve up only plant-based foods that taste as delicious as its competitors,” Mendelsohn said to VegNews in 2020. “Whereas our focus will always be on creating planet-friendly food that is accessible to everyone, our number one goal is to give our customers the best-tasting burger on the planet and for the planet.”
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