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JRINK juicery to open in Foggy Bottom

Photo Courtesy of Leah Bhabha
Photo Courtesy of Leah Bhabha

Sweetgreen and Beefsteak fans might find a new healthy food spot near campus this November.

JRINK, a local juice bar chain, will open a new location on Nov. 1 in the basement of Yoga District on 20th and I streets.

Leah Bhabha, the store’s digital marketing manager, said that the Foggy Bottom store will be bigger than the other locations in Dupont Circle, Shaw and Metro Center, with more open space and tables so customers don’t just have to take their juice on the run.

“People can come in, get a drink, bring their laptop, bring a book and spend some time,” she said.

The store offers 15 different flavors of juices that are cold-pressed, meaning they are made without heat and aren’t pasteurized. One bottle of juice costs around $9, in the same price range as juices sold at Whole Foods (which cost about $7 to $11.)

In addition to three types of green juices – made with ingredients like lettuce, spinach, kale and broccoli ‒ JRINK offers flavors like “Sweeten Me Up” with pineapple, apple and mint or “Black Magic” with activated charcoal, aloe vera water, grape and lemon.

“Our flavors are a little different. We use some interesting ingredients that have great health benefits,” Bhabha said. “But we kind of have something for everyone.”

JRINK also sells nut milks ‒ like the “Build Me Up” with almonds, cinnamon, vanilla and dates as well as cold-brewed coffee.

In addition to juice bottles, each store offers vegan and raw snacks, including trail mix and fig energy bars.

The juicery first opened in 2014 in Epic Yoga at Dupont Circle. Right now, all of the JRINK shops are pop-up locations in different yoga studios in D.C. in addition to one storefront in Falls Church, Va.

Though Bhabha said that JRINK is an option for customers who want to get fit, she said that other juice bars might emphasize losing weight, while JRINK is “big on balance” and that there’s “nothing militant” about clean eating in the business’ message.

“You want to have a cheeseburger and a green juice on the side,” she said. “That’s probably going to make you feel a little bit better.”

JRINK also offers $54 six-pack collections for cleanses. The “Energy” package comes with juices that serve as meal replacements and the “Immunity” package contains anti-inflammatory juices high in Vitamin C.

Bhabha said that JRINK wanted to expand to a Foggy Bottom location in order to get closer to a campus. Though the store won’t be immediately accepting GWorld, she said it could be a possibility for the future.

“We know how kind of hectic academic life is and I know from my own college experience that it wasn’t always really easy to eat healthy or have healthy options,” she said. “So we really hope students can come and have a juice.”

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