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Small Bites: Bethesda-based PLNT Burger planning expansion in 2021

Plus: Wok Chinese Kitchen opens in Bethesda

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PLNT Burger, based in the former Honest Tea office in Bethesda, plans to expand its operation in 2021.

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PLNT Burger poised for expansion in 2021

PLNT Burger, a Bethesda-based fast-casual chain of plant-based burger eateries, is set for an expansion in 2021.

PLNT Burger was founded by Washington, D.C.-area restaurateur Spike Mendelsohn along with Honest Tea co-founder Seth Goldman; his wife, Julie Farkas; and their son Jonah Goldman.

The first PLNT Burger location opened in September 2019 inside the Whole Foods store in downtown Silver Spring. Since then, the chain has grown to two locations in D.C., one in Columbia, Md., two in northern Virginia and one in Wynnewood, Pa.

The headquarters for PLNT Burger are in the former Honest Tea office in Bethesda.

The website Veg News reported this week that PLNT Burger plans to open several brick-and-mortar locations next year.

PLNT Burger spokeswoman Mary Beth Olson told Bethesda Beat that the chain is “definitely looking at multiple locations, including Montgomery County, but that’s the most I can report at this time.”

Wok Chinese Kitchen opens in Bethesda

Wok Chinese Kitchen, a casual Chinese restaurant, is now open in Bethesda in a shopping center close to Westfield Montgomery mall.

The restaurant serves a variety of vegetable, beef, chicken and shrimp entrees. Most items are between $10 and $17.

The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The restaurant, which is at 10315 Westlake Drive, opened on Monday, an employee told Bethesda Beat on Wednesday.

The Moco Show reported the restaurant’s opening earlier this week.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com