Pennsylvania vegan eatery Gangster Vegan Organics is in the process of brining its plant-based food to Baltimore, Maryland.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Gangster Vegan Organics is set to open up a takeout spot at the city’s Cross Street Market.
Gangster Vegan Organics offers menu items like Swizz Beets, which is a barbecued dehydrated beet burger, bowls that include the Burrito Bowl, desserts like the Mos Def, which is a banana chocolate pie, as well as a number of juices, smoothies and “wellness shots.”
The company’s objective is to encourage youth, who are often influenced by violence, to live a healthy, non-violent lifestyle.
“Gangster Vegan Organics is redefining what it is to be ‘Gangster,'” says Gangster Vegan’s website.
“Influenced by a culture that glorifies Gangsters, Violence, And Drug Dealing, kids are being brainwashed at a rapid rate.”
“We are committed to making it ‘Gangster’ to eat healthy, to spread Love, to be Kind to one another and the earth.”
“We live in food deserts, surrounded by fast food and convenience. We have to actually ‘Gangster’ our way through all of the poison, just to find access to Real Food.”
Baltimore is considered one of America’s most violent cities, ranking top in homicides among large cities and second highest in violent crime in 2017, according to the FBI.
This will be the first out-of-state location for Gangster Vegan, which has three locations in Pennsylvania.
Gangster Vegan owner Vincent DePaul, who is also known as “The Gangster Vegan,” says he founded the restaurant because “my life was saved the day I stopped eating animals.”
“I am committed to improving the quality of life worldwide, one fruit and vegetable at a time,” said DePaul.
The new Gangster Vegan Organics location in Baltimore is currently in development.