|1150 Connecticut Ave NW (18th St side) is slated to be filled by Native Foods.|
After getting really excited last year at the prospect of an all-vegan Native Foods Cafe opening in Penn Quarter, I'm taking a bit of a wait-and-see approach to the news of another location. The potential Penn Quarter restaurant at 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW is still set to open this year, but the local "flagship" location will be near Dupont Circle at 1150 Connecticut Ave NW.
I walked by the Dupont site yesterday during early evening and there was significant construction work being done inside the space. It's located on the first floor of this 12-story, mid-1970s office building. This space is actually on the 18th Street side of the building, and at 5,000 square feet, is quite large. It was previously filled by two separate businesses, an optometrist's office and a SizzEx deli-style restaurant.
Native Foods is California based, all-vegan, fast casual style restaurant. They are in the midst of an east coast expansion, which includes the two in DC; their first restaurants east of Chicago. Both the Connecticut Ave and Penn Ave stores will open in September of this year, according to the Native Foods website. Can't wait!