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Fast-Casual Salad Chain Flower Child Opens This Week in Rockville

The national brand gets its first D.C. area location in Maryland

Flower Child’s first area location boasts exposed industrial elements, flower murals, pops of green, and natural wood accents.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Prolific restaurateur Sam Fox’s first D.C. area outpost of Flower Child opens in Rockville this week, kicking off a large Beltway expansion for the health food brand.

The 4,000-square-foot location at 10072 Darnestown Road is scheduled to open on Wednesday, November 7, at 11 a.m. The brand, which falls under the Fox Restaurant Concepts umbrella, has about a dozen national locations, mostly in Arizona and Texas.

Popular menu items coming to Rockville include vegan poke bowls made with marinated beets, grass-fed steak wraps, kombucha on tap, and fresh-squeezed juices.

Three more planned stores across the D.C. area are expected to sprout up by next spring, simultaneously joined by a handful of North Italia locations — Fox’s national Italian chain. Flower Child’s website says Bethesda, Tysons, and D.C. locations are “coming soon.”

To celebrate opening day in Rockville, the first 100 guests will get $25 gift cards to use on their next visit. The spot will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

Fox, an 11-time James Beard Award semifinalist for restaurateur of the year, has nearly 50 restaurants falling under 13 brands. In all, he plans to open 18 new restaurants throughout the U.S. by early 2019.

Scroll on for a look inside the space inside the newly renovated Travilah Square shopping center:

Executive chef Sean Ware’s lineup of bowls, wraps, grains, and greens aim to please lots of vegetarian, vegans, and paleo dieters with a long list of sugar-fee, dairy-free, and gluten-free options.
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A portion of opening day sales will go to the UMD Shady Grove Campus Kitchens Project. Diners can also go home with potted succulents from Holley Simmons’ terrarium brand Sill Life.
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Offerings include spicy Japanese eggplant, Indian spiced cauliflower, a Brussels and squash salad, and a grass-fed steak wrap with horseradish yogurt, called The Rebel.
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Hummus, soups, and gluten-free desserts are available, along with a kids’ menu.
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The space includes indoor seating and a pet-friendly outdoor patio. Drinks include organic wine, local beer, kombucha, cold brew coffee, and seasonal lemonades.
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