Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Openings: Subway, Takorean, and Bantam

The long anticipated --and protested-- Subway sandwich shop opened recently at 3174 Mount Pleasant Street NW. You may not have noticed, because, well, it's a Subway sandwich shop. They're fairly nondescript and quite ubiquitous. There are 44,000 restaurants worldwide, including another blocks away at 14th and Park. This particular location hasn't been as busy; or it hasn't been during the half dozen or so times I've walked by.

One of my favorite truck-turned-resto spots, Takorean, is opening another brick and mortar store. The taco purveyor has obtained a spot in the food court Eat at National Place. This is the food court located at the corner of 13th and F Streets NW, adjacent to the National Press Club. Takorean will join Five Guys, Moe's Southwestern Grill, Meiwah Express, and other lunch oriented providers in the food court. Eat at NP seems to cater to a 50/50 split of tour groups and office workers. No word on the exact open date for Takorean (likely within days), but I'll let you know as soon as I know via @The42BusDC. FYI = Takorean has tasty vegan options, too.

The owners of Daikaya izakaya and ramen shop are opening another restaurant less than two blocks away from the original location, which has a bit of a cult following (rly just talking about myself). The Washington Post reports that Bantam King will open at 700 5th St NW --the corner of 5th and G. This space is currently filled by a BicycleSPACE pop-up, and was a long time home to Burger King. Bantam King (a play on the Burger King name), will have a slightly different concept than the original restaurant. Honestly, if it frees up lunch seats at Daikaya, I'm happy. FYI - They have a vegan ramen that is worth the trip.