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Mediterranean-Style Restaurant Opens at West End's New Squash Club

Supplement a workout with avocado toast or cocktails

Upper West Side Café is the nucleus of the new squash facility.
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Today, West End's new Squash on Fire sports club has opened its "sexy and dynamic" full-service bar and restaurant. It's called Upper West Side Cafe and it's now serving up a full menu featuring everything from fried rice balls and bread salad to alcoholic beverages.

The centerpiece of the sleek 19,700-square-foot membership-free squash facility deals mostly in small plates, sandwiches, juices, coffees, and specialty drinks.

The chef behind the menu hails from Austrian-influenced Kafe Leopold in Cady’s Alley. Shareable selections ($5-$6) include Brussels sprouts and arancini, while the salads and bowls section ($11-$13) spins out roasted Amish chicken, cauliflower and curry, as well as hanger steak salad. Heartier fare ($14-$21) includes Mediterranean cod, and Spanish octopus with summer panzanella salad.

Customers can also take it outside; there’s an outdoor terrace overlooking M Street next to the bar area.

The B.L.A.T. — bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato, and aioli on multigrain bread ($9) — is available for al fresco dining.

Upper West Side Cafe is expected to operate from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is open to outside guests/non-squash players.

Squash on Fire sits in a growing fitness mecca in D.C.; trendy athletic clubs Equinox and SoulCycle are neighbors.

Status: Certified open; 2233 M Street NW; website.