Restaurant Roundup: Jimmy John’s Arrives, Beefsteak On Its Way

After nearly two years of proclamations that Jimmy John’s was “Coming Soon”, the sandwich chain has officially opened in Tenleytown. This is the chain’s fourth location in the District; other restaurants can be found in Glover Park, Penn Quarter and Downtown. The Tenleytown opening comes just in time to capitalize on the influx of hungry law students who will begin classes at the new AU Washington College of Law in January.

Located at 4433 Wisconsin Avenue, just around the corner from the Metro station, Jimmy John’s menu promises customers high quality ingredients served quickly at a reasonable price. The sub shop joins Burger Tap & Shake, Masala Art, Mayflower Chinese, and sandwich competitor Subway on the block. Only time will tell if there’s room for two sub shops in such close proximity. Nationally, Subway saw a decline in sales last year, while Jimmy John’s grew by 17.9 percent.

Jimmy John’s is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and also offers local delivery.

Renowned restaurateur and chef José Andrés plans to bring his fast-casual restaurant Beefsteak to Tenleytown, according to Eater DC. The restaurant will take over the storefront at 4531 Wisconsin Avenue, which was vacated by Radio Shack earlier this year. The new location would be the third in the District after openings in Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle; Beefsteak also has a restaurant in Philadelphia.

Beefsteak, which refers to the tomato not the meat, offers meals centered around freshly prepared vegetables. That’s not to say it is a vegetarian establishment – chicken and fish are available. However, fresh produce is the star of every dish. Beefsteak follows a model similar to chains like Chipotle or Cava Grill in which diners can build their own bowl, starting with vegetables and then adding grains, sauces, and proteins.

The restaurant has received positive reviews from Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema and was the recipient of Eater DC’s award for Fast Casual Restaurant of the Year 2015.

According to Eater DC, Beefsteak will open in March 2016.