More egg pots on the way
Citing demand from D.C. customers, British fast food chain Leon announced yesterday it has signed a lease to put a second location in the city by next spring. A shop selling Leon’s brand of food tribe-friendly dishes is expected to open in the Douglas Development building at 655 New York Avenue NW, which will also welcome Atlanta-based Persian restaurant Rumi’s Kitchen next year. Leon planted its first store in the United States in Dupont Circle in December.
Founded in 2004, Leon has 61 locations in the U.K., Norway, and the Netherlands. With the tagline “Naturally Fast Food,” Leon aims to raise the bar for quality in the genre with poached egg pots and oatmeal in the morning and Mediterranean-leaning sandwiches, wraps, and boxes throughout the day. Leon told Eater in June the company hoped to expand its reach in D.C. to 20 stores over the next three years.
Magic school bus
Pedestrians who pass by the empty lot that’s home to the old Mr. P’s Ribs and Fish bus finally have an explanation for what the heck is going on with the vehicle’s new graffiti paint job. Washingtonian reports that a trio of bartenders — Angela Delbrocco and brothers Ben Schwartz and Jesse Schwartz — will turn the lot into a beer garden and frozen cocktail bar called Electric Cool-Aid, a nod to Tom Wolfe’s book, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. The psychedelic murals on the nearby walls come from street art collective, Dripped on the Road. [Washingtonian]
Food truck funds
Swizzler, the food truck specializing in spiral cut, grass-fed beef hotdogs, is asking for financial help after its mobile kitchen broke down. The team behind the truck has created a Kickstarter page with a $20,000 goal so it can tackle more fast food staples: smashburgers, veggie burgers, and fries.