2021 | Dine

Plant-based restaurant coming to Bethesda Row

Planta replaces Café Deluxe, which closed last year

Planta, a plant-based restaurant with locations in the United States and Canada, is coming to Bethesda Row. The restaurant hopes to open this summer.

Photo courtesy of Planta

Planta, a group of restaurants serving plant-based foods in the United States and Canada, plans to open this summer in the former Café Deluxe space in Bethesda.

Planta will be at 4910 Elm St. It will seat 140 people inside, as well as 50 people on an outdoor patio, and another 18 people in a “semi-private” indoor area, according to a press release.

The press release says Planta will open this summer, but did not give an exact date.

The menu at the Bethesda restaurant will include items such as Ahi Watermelon Nigiri, which is a type of sushi dish, along with cauliflower tots, Bang Bang Broccoli, Frenchie (mushrooms, squash, Arugula) and Shroomami (mushroom cream, mushroom bacon, tempeh bacon, onion) pizzas.

A plant-based burger will also be on the menu. There will be locally inspired foods and drinks, the press release stated.

Planta currently has six restaurants in Florida and Toronto, Canada. It plans to open others in New York City and West Palm Beach, Fla., this year in addition to the Bethesda location.

Café Deluxe closed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Owner Geoff Tracy said at the time that the lease was set to expire in April and he hadn’t planned to renew it, but the pandemic accelerated the closure due to a sharp drop in business.

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