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Sweet Leaf Cafe Coming to Courthouse

by ARLnow.com — March 12, 2013 at 10:10 am 1,859 21 Comments

Sweet Leaf Cafe in Vienna (photo via Facebook) Hikaru Sushi (photo via Google Maps)

Sweet Leaf Cafe, a local coffee-sandwich-and-salad shop with locations in McLean and Vienna, will soon be coming to Courthouse.

Building permits are up at the former Hikaru Sushi space at 2200 Wilson Blvd, one block from the Courthouse Metro. At that location, Sweet Leaf will be competing with a nearby Starbucks and Java Shack for cafe customers, but will fill something of a salad void following the closure of Rabbit Salad and Grill in Clarendon.

Sweet Leaf’s menu includes breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, ice cream, frozen yogurt, cupcakes and other pastries, tea, coffee and espresso drinks.

Owned by Arita and Andre Matini, Sweat Leaf Cafe first opened in McLean when the siblings were just 22 and 27, according to the restaurant’s website. The Vienna location opened in 2011.

One local business owner, who didn’t want his name used for this article, lauded Sweet Leaf and its owners.

“I think it will be f–king awesome for this neighborhood,” he said. “That’s one of the places we need around here, I think it’s great news and they’re really great people.”

Photos via Facebook, Google Maps

  • Arlington Chris

    Hehe, f–king awesome!

  • T

    That anonymous quote at the end made my think I was reading the Onion.

  • Ahhlington

    “F-cking awesome” could only come from Landrum.

  • novasteve

    Wow, froyo and cupcakes under the same roof!

  • Sheriffs Gonna Getcha

    Is that quote serious? hahaha wow.

  • Vinh An Nguyen

    That location is cursed; I hope the owners know what they’re getting into.

  • ARL

    Note to business owners – saying things like “f–king awesome” no longer makes you cool with hipsters.

    • novasteve

      Do I get a trophy for going in?

  • ARL

    Two epic battles I’d like to see:

    Sweetleaf vs. Sweetgreen

    BRGR vs. BGR

  • arl so hard

    No mention of the Java Shack??! what the @#%&

    • http://www.arlnow.com/ ARLnow.com

      Java Shack reference has now been added.

  • fedworker

    “f–king awesome” C’mon now. Who actually enunciates the g at the end of f-king?

  • Good stuff

    I really like the McLean Sweatleaf –their ice cream is outstanding. Never had the fro yo.

  • Eric

    Salad void? ‘Cause you can’t get salads at Cosi, Corner Bakery, Bayou, Me Jana, or California Tortilla, all within a couple of blocks.

  • nom de guerre

    My sources have told me that a new Vietnamese concept will be opening in Courthouse soon-it’s called Pho King.

  • GeoNews
  • T

    The owners are actually complete jerks, especially Sherry. I will purposely be avoiding this.

  • MasterOfReality

    I don’t think they sell the kind of Sweet Leaf that Black Sabbath was singing about. (but if they did, then you might say it’s “f–king awesome”)

  • Spamhamwich

    “This is f–king awesome.” — Maclemore

  • Stew Magnuson

    Do business owners look at the history of these “death locations” before signing a lease? Hope springs eternal, I guess.

  • Merk0822

    Great News!!
    We frequent the one in Vienna and love their breakfast sandwich the “Malibu” which is egg, bacon and Avocado on Famers White. For lunch it’s the “ Kookooroo” a nice sized chicken breast and provolone cheese. I have them add avocado and a touch of their Parmesan and Peppercorn dressing, YUM!! I’ve also been known to make a special trip just to grab a cheesecake brownie! Anyway, glad to hear they’re gonna be closer to work; great food, great atmosphere, and great people … happy to have them in the neighborhood and wish them good luck!!

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