Ok, so I can't not put this news up.
I emailed Pret a Manger because 1) I'm a loser with too much time on my hands and 2) I am so tired of the same junk as lunch options in DC.
So, the news is that after they finish a few of their NYC stores, they are coming here. The woman who replied said to look for more specific info towards the end of this year as to locations and openings.
Good news. I am hopeful that they'll be in my work hood and not, say, Georgetown. Or best case - they open a few and include the 12th and K neighborhood.