Modern Market opened its third Washington, D.C. area location Tuesday at 1010 Vermont Ave. NW in the nation’s capital. The newest restaurant joins the Bethesda Row and Rockville, Md. locations, and makes 23 total units for the company.
“Downtown D.C. is teeming with busy professionals looking for a fast meal with clean ingredients. We make it easy to order quickly, pick up food and get back to the office or home with a healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner in tow,” says Modern Market co-founder Anthony Pigliacampo.
The first 100 guests through the door today will be entered to win free Modern Market for a year. The restaurant is also raising funds throughout February for Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington, D.C. area. Guests may donate at the register.
Business hours are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. each day.
Modern Market takes a holistic approach to food and health. The focus is on food quality. By making food from scratch, Modern Market avoids added sugar and bad fats, and through attention to sourcing, they rule out chemicals and dangerous ingredients no one can pronounce. (The company searched for two years to find pickles that did not contain sodium benzoate.)
Locally, these vetted sources include Compass Coffee, FreeBird Chicken (Pennsylvania), Atlas Brew Works, Lyon Bakery, Phillips Mushroom Farms (Pennsylvania), Greater Tater (New York) and Craft Kombucha among others.
Sustainability applies to more than just the food at Modern Market. Owners Pigliacampo and Rob McColgan believe in a sustainable staff as well, paying a living wage and providing free meals for employees on the job.
Modern Market offers a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options to prevent menu fatigue. Breakfast includes egg platters, egg sandwiches, and scrambles made with cage-free eggs and nitrate-free meats as well as whole grain waffles. Beyond handmade soups and fresh salads packed with superfoods, Modern Market serves homestyle platters: a perfectly balanced plate of protein, vegetable and starch. Expect toasted sandwiches on Lyon Bakery bread and brick oven pizza made with a high protein crust and cheese without the chemicals. The inclusion of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and kids’ dishes make it easy for groups and families to eat together without breaking the bank. All Modern Market entrees cost around $10.