by Tim Regan November 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm 0

A fast casual restaurant centered around quinoa bowls and semi-automated ordering is slated to start serving breakfast and lunch downtown in one week.

San Francisco-based chain Eatsa will open its first D.C. location at 1627 K St. NW on Tuesday, Nov. 29, according to a representative for the company.

Borderstan got the scoop on the forthcoming eatery in July.

Ordering works like this: Instead of talking to a cashier and moving down an assembly line Chipotle-style, customers order on tablets at kiosks or on their phones, then retrieve their food from glass door “cubbies,” all without saying a word.

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

by Tim Regan September 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

A Colorado-based fast casual eatery has plans to start slinging sandwiches, pizzas and salads in downtown D.C. early next year.

Modern Market will open a new location at 1010 Vermont Ave. NW, a representative for the company told us. If all goes according to plan, the new location would start serving customers in “mid-January” next year, the representative said.

When it opens, the downtown Modern Market will sell a long list of food made with “whole ingredients that come from farms, not factories,” according to the company’s website. The eatery’s menu includes egg scrambles, waffles, sandwiches, salads, brick oven pizzas and “homestyle platters” of protein, starch and veggies.

Modern Market also seeks to serve alcohol at the new restaurant, according to a recent filing with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.

The forthcoming location will be the chain’s first in the District, but not in the surrounding area. A Modern Market opened in Bethesda earlier this year, and additional eateries are slated to open in Rockville and Reston, the company’s representative said.

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

by Tim Regan December 4, 2015 at 3:05 pm 9 Comments

All-vegan fast casual chain Native Foods is leaving D.C.

Signs announcing the eatery’s departure were spotted at its Dupont and Penn Quarter locations earlier today. Employees at both locations confirmed those stores would close for good next Tuesday.

The chain also closed its Falls Church location in October, reported Eater and the Falls Church News-Press.

Once widely celebrated by local herbivores, the company’s Dupont location drew lines down the block when it opened roughly one year ago.

A representative for Native Foods was not immediately available to comment on the closures.

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