José Andrés Opens a Fast-Casual Restaurant on a Lucky College Campus
All of you college students out there who are trying to choose between the bland salad bar and the mystery meat special, read this and weep. James Beard Award-winning chef José Andrés has opened up Beefsteak, a vegetable-focused casual restaurant concept, on George Washington University’s campus. If you’re wondering why Andrés has not come to your university campus, he already has a relationship with GWU: he spoke at last year’s commencement ceremony, and teaches a class there.
“The younger generations want more from our food industry. They want more transparency and better quality food,” chef Andrés told The Daily Meal. “They want food that they can feel good about eating and that they can reasonably enjoy during their busy and chaotic lives. Most importantly, judging by early success, they want more vegetables. And they deserve that — all of it. Beefsteak is my answer to their demands.”
Beefsteak is basically the Chipotle of super-healthy fast casual concepts. All bowls start at $7.99, and feature a combination of in-season, farm-fresh vegetables, healthy grains like quinoa or whole grain rice, house-made sauces like cilantro, spicy tomato or garlic yogurt, as well as other heartier toppings like cheese, chicken, salmon, eggs and chickpeas. Students will also be able to order wine and craft beer from Flying Dog and Dogfish Head. A second Beefsteak location will open this summer in D.C. in Dupont Circle.