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Semi-Automated Quinoa Bowl Eatery Planning Location Downtown

by Tim Regan — July 13, 2016 at 10:05 am 0

A new fast casual restaurant built around quinoa bowls and automated ordering has plans to open an outpost in downtown D.C.

A representative for San Francisco-based Eatsa has filed building permits to open a 3,733 square foot cafe at 1627 K St. NW. Real estate company J Street Properties helped the tech-focused fast food joint lease the space in April, according to a press release.

The forthcoming eatery has also filed plans with DDOT to serve up to 18 patrons on tables outside.

When it opens, Eatsa will sling customized quinoa bowls with little to no human interaction. Instead of talking to a cashier and moving down an assembly line Chipotle-style, customers order on tablet kiosks then retrieve their food from glass door “cubbies” without uttering a word.

The restaurant’s menu includes quinoa bowls and kale salads topped with ingredients such as arugula, chickpeas, paneer and avocado.

The chain currently has locations in San Francisco and Los Angeles but hopes to open 10 locations across the U.S. this year, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.

Photos via Eatsa

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