Aaron Gordon, who’s opening the restaurant with his business partner and father Robert Gordon, described the spot as “a healthy fast-casual spot with a little bit of something for everybody.” That means a line of signature salads and sandwiches and “hot plates” featuring small salads alongside grilled proteins and vegetables from Rabbit’s open kitchen. Look for a selection of wines (three reds and three whites), two draft lines, house-made iced tea and lemonade and a blend of fresh-squeezed carrot and apple juice. The restaurant will also serve up to 12 varieties of cupcakes from Gordon’s chain of cupcake shops; inside, it will be connected to a Red Velvet Cupcakery with a separate street entrance.
The tableware will separate the 50-seat Rabbit from some of the city’s other salad-focused places: “We’re serving on china,” Gordon says. “You’re not going to be eating out of a plastic bowl here.”
Located at 3035 Clarendon Blvd., between Delhi Club and the recently opened Pete’s Apizza and less than a block from the Clarendon Metro station, the restaurant is in a prime spot for foot traffic — a major draw for the D.C.-born and raised restaurateur. Gordon set his sights on vibrant area a few years ago after dining nearby.
“We came out of the restaurant, and it was a beautiful summer day and the sidewalks were packed with people,” he said. “So we loved the idea of being in Clarendon, though it took a while to find the perfect place.”
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