Meals at the Farragut North and Capitol Hill SmartKafes include a hearty niçoise salad with grilled salmon, a spicy sweet-potato-and-peanut soup, and breakfast options such as steel-cut oatmeal and $4.99 breakfast burritos. The Farragut North SmartKafe, partnering with the new Results Gym location, offers power drinks and a energy-packed trail mix of raisins, peanuts, pineapple, and rolled dates. Next month, expect to see more for early risers: Each Kart and Kafe will offer Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company coffee and scones from Alexandria’s Buzz bakery.
Sometimes, though, it isn’t easy being green. The Doods have had trouble tracking down a supplier that sells recycled products in the sizes they want. They have walked away from purveyors that don’t offer free-range chicken. And those recycled products and free-range chicken come with a price. According to Klein, the takeout containers can cost two to three times the price of a conventional plastic one.
Even so, the owners hope to set up at least 18 SmartKarts in 2008 and three SmartKafes near transportation hubs and other Results locations. They also plan to set up shop at some farmers markets and at special events such as film festivals.
“We are not going to change the world,” says Klein. “But we can set an example. We want to educate people and hope they recognize that we are making an effort.”
SmartKarts: Diego, southwest corner of Eighth and H sts., NW. Smokin’ Joe, northwest corner of Seventh and F sts., NW. Both Karts are open Monday through Friday 11 AM to 3 PM; starting March 15, they’ll be open Monday through Saturday 7 to 7.
SmartKafes: Farragut Kafe, Farragut North Metro station, Connecticut Ave. and L St., NW (below Results Gym), Monday through Friday 6:30 AM to 9 PM, Saturday 9 to 5. Capitol Hill Kafe, 315 G St., SE (inside Results Gym), Monday through Friday 5 AM to 11 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 7 AM to 9 PM.
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