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Cava Opens on H Street Today, Plus More Intel

Plus, a popular Ethiopian restaurant in Shaw is branching out


Get a free Cava lunch today on H Street

Ever-expanding Mediterranean fast-casual chain Cava is opening its eighth location in Washington, D.C. today: a Cava location will open at 523 H Street NE at 11 a.m. The first 202 guests in the door today will get a free lunch (the deal is a nod to D.C.’s area code, in case anyone didn’t pick that up).

The 1,358-square-foot H Street location is Cava’s 44th restaurant in the nation, and even more are in the works for 2018. The chain is headed to three new markets (Boston, Charlotte, and Austin) next year, with more locations planned for Washington, Los Angeles, and New York City.


Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine & Bar Is Bethesda-Bound

A favorite Shaw Ethiopian spot is branching out to Maryland, according to Robert Dyer. Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant & Mart is planning to take over a vacated spot on Bethesda Avenue. [Robert Dyer]

Upcoming Mount Pleasant Will Be Very Grab and Go

Paisley Fig — the bakery spin-off from Columbia Heights’ Room 11 team — is moving into the classic Heller’s Bakery space in Mount Pleasant, and PoPville spots what looks like a walk-up to-go window. That will be perfect for dog walkers. [PoPville]

Rice Bar’s Latest Location Is Now Open

Design your own bibimbap spot Rice Bar is expanding in D.C., with a new location that just opened downtown on G Street near the Macy’s. [PoPville]