5,000 square feet of vegan food: A reflection of D.C.’s changing taste buds?

An all-vegan restaurant is opening a 5,000 square-foot restaurant in D.C. Is the vegan demographic growing in the District?

Sophie Ho, special to wtop.com

WASHINGTON — A California-based restaurant chain is optimistic that D.C.’s weekday lunch crowd will trade in Shake Shack burgers and stacked ham hoagies for portobello-seitan burgers and sandwiches of curried tofu on ciabatta.

How optimistic?

Native Foods Cafe, a giant in the world of fast-casual vegan cuisine, plans to open a 5,000-square-foot caf