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Add CAVA to your list of food choices when commuting through Union Station. The location inside the transportation hub’s West Hall opens tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the former ShopHouse space. With a hat tip to D.C.’s area code, the first 202 customers will receive their meals for free. 

The growing Mediterranean fast-casual chain that got its start as a full service restaurant in Rockville, Md. in 2006 will have more than 45 locations nationwide by the end of the year. Founding partners Ted Xenohristos, Ike Grigoropoulos, and executive chef Dimitri Moshovitis lead the company, along with CEO Brett Schulman.

According to its data team, diners can build 58 million possible combinations from the restaurant’s menu, which features grain bowls, salads, pitas, and more.

On opening day, CAVA will accept donations to its nonprofit partner, City Blossoms. The organization works to teach young people about gardening, sustainability, and healthy eating. 

The Union Station CAVA seats 30 and will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

CAVA, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE; cava.com