More dining options are making their way into Downtown. First on the house-cured, hand-carved meat front: the Carving Room (300 Massachusetts Avenue) and Red Apron Butchery (709 D Street) plan to debut this summer and fall, respectively. The Carving Room sandwich shop will open in the Mass Court apartment building to occupy space once reserved for Caldo, the Italian restaurant which decided to set up shop elsewhere. Besides serving lunch and dinner, it will feature an open kitchen, seating for 65 and a sidewalk café with 50 seats. Red Apron, a fixture at local farmers’ markets, will occupy 3,600 square feet of space and serve up all-natural, hormone-free lamb, beef and poultry. Known for its artisanal charcuterie, salumi, sausages, hot dogs and other fare, the butchery will also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Protein Bar, the Chicago-based high protein food and drink eatery, is also coming, and will reside in the Market Square North building (701 Pennsylvania Avenue). Expect to see blended drinks, salads, chicken and vegetarian chili, and “bar-ritos” (made of warm organic quinoa and whole wheat wraps, instead of rice and flour tortilla) on the menu.
Finally, those of you awaiting Freshii’s (555 11th Street) arrival, it’s here. The fast casual franchise that sells customized salads, wraps, burritos, and other healthy fare opened last month, in space once occupied by Gifford’s Ice Cream & Candy Co.