Monday, April 16, 2012

New Restaurants for Columbia Heights

Three new eateries are planned for Columbia Heights, just blocks from Mount Pleasant. Two are in DC USA and other is part of the Kenyon Square development.

Cava Mezze Grill will open this summer at 3105 14th St NW. This storefront was previously occupied by Radiance Medspa and is between Starbucks and d'vines on the first floor of the Keynon Square condo building. Cava is a local company that serves Greek food "mezze-style" via a pretty simple menu. WITH FALAFEL. Eh, sorry, I'm easily excited. Here's the whole menu. Very vegan friendly. And it appears they'll serve adult beverages, too. Cava Mezze Grill currently has locations in Tysons Corner and Bethesda.

Cava Mezze Grill, 3105 14th St NW

Four years after opening, DC USA (3100 14th St NW) is still not fully leased. But they get closer each year. Tasti D-Lite will open in a space (#105) originally slated for Panda Express (in turn, Panda is in the space meant for SunTrust Bank, which was never built). This is a very narrow storefront on Irving Street next to Panera Bread. Tasti D-Lite serves a product which they describe as "not frozen yogurt" and "not ice cream." Where do we go from here... I don't know. Just check out the website.

Taste D-Lite, 3100 14th St NW #105

Finally, on the 14th Street side of DC USA, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill. This is a Florida based chain trying to expand along the east coast. This location is among up to 200 which will be operated by Ruby Tuesday. Ruby Tuesday does not own Lime Fresh, they are just a very large franchisee. A Ruby Tuesday restaurant is located just two blocks away at 14th and Monroe. Check out Lime's very cheeky menu (PDF). Looks as vegan friendly as any other Mexican restaurant; i.e. just get used to saying "no cheese, please." Lime Fresh will occupy the space #104 at DC USA which was originally planned for, yes, Causal Male.

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, 3100 14th St NW #104