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British Import Leon Is Bringing ‘Gut Friendly’ Health Food to D.C.

The all-day cafe is coming this summer

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Leon’s vegetarian smashed avocado and halloumi muffin breakfast sandwich.
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Leon, a fast-casual British chain being branded as the “future of fast food,” plans to take over a former Au Bon Pain space at 1801 L Street NW some time this summer, according to new signage pointed out by a Popville reader.

The 14-year-old growing company’s diverse all-day menu consists of chicken burgers, vegan meatballs, rainbow mezze salad, and lots of wraps. For breakfast, there’s lots of egg dishes, yogurts, and toasts.

“We look to replace butter with healthier fats such as olive oil, use spices and herbs instead of salt to flavour dishes and look to encourage more chicken and fish in our diets, with a little red meat thrown in for good measure,” reads the website. And the company says it works with nutritionists to create “gut friendly” foods.

Eater reached out to team Leon for comment about its D.C. debut and more potentially on the horizon. Its location count is currently at 45.

Here’s Leon’s current menu:

Downtown is getting another eating option for 9-to-5 workers this summer: Turkish street foods spot Tempo.