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Dupont to get a new healthy lunch option: Nature's Table

The D.C. location will look similar to this one in Baltimore

Nature’s Table Cafe, an Orlando-based restaurant chain, is opening its first location just south of Dupont Circle. The company said it will use almost 2,000 square feet of space, formerly occupied by a clothing store, at 1145 19th Street, NW.

"We're close to getting ready to apply for a building permit," Lisa Odom, the company’s director of operations, says about finalizing the design and drawing phase. "Typically, once we apply for a permit, we’re usually around 120 days from being ready to open. We’re kind of looking to [open] mid or late July."

Despite having to make several modifications to the structure -- like installing a kitchen and counters – Odom explains the new location goes well with the company’s focus to serve lunch, especially in downtown markets, and target businesspeople.

Nature’s Table started franchising in 1987, focusing on opening locations in malls and office buildings. Now, it has more than 75 locations in ten different states, including a location in National Harbor in Maryland. The menu features wraps, paninis, sandwiches, salads, breakfast items and smoothies.

Although Odom did not disclose the amount invested in the first D.C. location, she explains that the average construction costs for locations with similar space run from $175,000 – $250,000, not including a $30,000 franchise fee and around $75,000 for equipment and furniture. The Dupont Circle location is franchise-owned.

Read more articles by Luis Velarde.

Luis Velarde writes about business, investments, real estate, and urban development. His work has appeared in the BBC World Service, Voice of America and others.
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