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Quinoa Chain Eatsa Expands To D.C.

The futuristic fast-casual concept is coming to K Street

Eatsa in San Francisco's Financial District
Eatsa in San Francisco's Financial District
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Just a year after launching in the tech capital of the world, the equally tech-savvy quinoa eatery Eatsa is headed to D.C. this fall, having inked its first lease at 1627 K St. NW.

Born in San Francisco, the automated eatery's Financial District locations are geared towards workers on the go. The 3,000-square-foot sleek setup will house a collection of glass door "cubbies" displaying personalized graphics, popping out a customized meal within minutes (and as fast as 90 seconds).

Customers order off of iPad-equipped kiosks, which means means servers and cashiers are cut out of the equation (though D.C.-based marketing and managerial positions were posted on its website). Based on the careers page, it appears a New York City locale is also coming.

The plant-based and meatless concept centers its dishes around fair trade quinoa. Options include vegetarian salads, bento boxes and burrito bowls, with various toppings and dressings.

Mobile app ordering functionality (and a system that remembers customers' past orders) frees up even more time for the lunch hour--and the fast turnaround helps keep prices low, at $6.95 for a quinoa bowl. Breakfast options like scrambles and spiced apple quinoa are also available.