DC Restaurant Openings

Rasa readies opening of new restaurant in Mount Vernon Triangle

Next D.C. location precedes expansion to Arlington, Va.

Fast-casual Rasa continues to expand in the Washington, D.C. region, with a new location set to open in Mount Vernon Triangle at 5th and K Street. Its founders, Rahul Vinod and Sahil Rahman, are readying a March opening, with the restaurant currently under construction. The team has also signed a lease for a Crystal City, Arlington location. Vinod confirmed both openings with our anchor Bryce Shemer while at MetroCooking DC.

Rasa, which built its original location in Navy Yard, markets itself as an Indian fine-fast-casual concept that offers eight signature bowls, and also allows guests to personalize their dishes. To create customized bowls, customers can choose their ingredients from a food line, similar to the “Cava/Sweetgreen” model.

A new round of funding to the tune of $2.3M was revealed by Washington Business Journal this past spring. At the time nearly half of the raise had been completed with 19 investors involved.

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[Related article; Rasa raises new funds: WBJ]

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The menu at Rasa rotates seasonally. This spring, Rasa introduces a Butternut Squash-Pumpkin Soup that’s roasted in an 800-degree oven at the restaurant and prepared with spices, fresh curry leaves and coconut milk. A Beet Raita, with yogurt, taosted cumin and cooked beets, also rotates in on the menu.

Vinod told Swizzle Chill TV that one of his favorite dishes is the Open Sesame. The bowl features lamb kebab with peanut sesame sauce on basmati rice, combined with charred eggplant, cucumber cubes, pickled onions, mint cilantro chutney, mango coconut yogurt, and microgreens.

Related video: Swizzle Chill TV coverage of RAMMYS 2019

Swizzle Chill TV at RAMMYS 2019. Video by Eatery Pulse Media.

Vinod and Rahman have been picked for various awards and recognition over the past three years. Also, Rasa was a finalist for the RAMMYS 2019 Favorite Fast Bites Award.

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