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Homegrown Chain Cava Gives Away Lunch in Union Station, Plus More Intel

Barnes & Noble Kitchen opens November 22 in One Loudoun

Assorted dishes at Cava.
Photo: Cava

Free food for commuters

Mediterranean meal-maker Cava is marking the debut of its new store inside Union Station Tuesday, November 21, by distributing free food to the first 202 customers (in honor of D.C.s area code) in line when the shop opens at 11 a.m. Donations will be accepted on behalf of local non-profit City Blossoms, an organization involved in developing urban gardens and green spaces. Status: Scheduled to open at 11 a.m. 50 Massachusetts Avenue NW; website.

Read ‘em and eat

Shoppers in Ashburn, Virginia, will get the first taste of retailer Barnes & Noble’s take on quick-service cuisine Wednesday, November 22, with the unveiling of Barnes & Noble Kitchen. Washington Business Journal reports that a mix of locally produced snacks (pastries, wraps) and made-to-order meals (brisket burgers, roast salmon) are on the table. [WBJ]

Finnish food on the way in Dupont Circle

Mikko Kosonen, formerly executive chef at the Finnish embassy, plans to serve cold fish dishes and smoked elk loin at his new solo outpost, Mikko. It remains unclear if the kitchen going into 1636 R Street NW will be a catering-only operation, or a full-service restaurant. [Popville]

New tavern headed to H Street

District Cuisine spotted a liquor license application for a new 200-seat tavern looking to occupy 711 H Street NE. No word on when Allure Lounge plans to begin pouring drinks next to N’awlins -themed eatery Po Boy Jim. [DC]