A fifth location of vegan restaurant franchise Gangster Vegan Organics recently opened in Riverdale, MD. The organic, mostly raw eatery features hip hop-inspired dishes such as the ODB Broccoli Burger, a C.R.E.A.M. smoothie made with bananas and dates, and the Notorius [stet] Tuna salad with sunflower-seed tuna and cilantro dressing. Gangster Vegan also offers juice cleanses and wellness shots. 

Co-owner Taneea Yarborough—a school principal-turned-entrepreneur who went vegan after being diagnosed with breast cancer—originally planned to open a few months earlier, but the COVID-19 crisis put it on hold. “We were watching what was happening and waiting to see, but I think people are starting to feel more comfortable going out,” co-owner Taneea Yarborough told media outlet The Hyattsville Wire. “And I think there is a need for vegan food right now, particularly when we talk about immunity. People are interested in boosting their immunity and they are longing for a more plant-based meal option.” 

The Riverdale location (6202 Rhode Island Ave unit 105) is currently open for takeout and delivery Thursdays through Saturdays, with extended hours added soon.