WASHINGTON — Phoenix-based Fox Restaurant Concepts will open two of its restaurant brands, vegetarian-heavy Flower Child and Italian restaurant North Italia, at developer Skanska‘s new 2112 Penn office building this fall.
Fox runs a dozen restaurant concepts, including Zinburger, which has locations at Arundel Mills and Springfield Town Center.
These will be the company’s first restaurant locations in downtown D.C.
A second Flower Child location is planned for Darnestown Road in Rockville.
Fox has signed a sizable, 10,000-square-foot lease for the two restaurants, with plans for other locations in the Washington area.
The restaurants bring 2112 Penn to 100 percent leased. The 11-story, 230,000-square-foot building will be home to law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton’s new D.C. headquarters.
“North Italia and Flower Child will each deliver a unique dining experience for the active community, and we are working hard to understand downtown so we can be the restaurants to serve local residents, students and businesses,” said Sam Fox, founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts.
North Italia will take 6,000 square feet for its upscale, full-service restaurant, whose menu includes dishes handmade from scratch daily.
Flower Child will occupy 4,000 square feet, serving organic, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes for lunch and dinner, including bowls, salads, wraps and mix-and-match plates.
Skanska’s other D.C. projects include 99M in Capitol Riverfront, which recently signed a lease for avocado toast-friendly coffee shop and cafe Bluestone Lane, luxury apartment building RESA in NoMa, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority’s new Capitol Riverfront headquarters and the “net zero” renovation of nonprofit The American Geophysical Union’s Dupont Circle headquarters.