• The latest Zagat ratings are out, and Marcel’s in DC’s West End gets the highest grade. Rounding out the top five are the Inn at Little Washington, Komi, CityZen, and Rasika. Makoto—the tiny Japanese restaurant in DC’s Palisades that has been an odd perennial in the top tier—gets sixth place.
• Washington Business Journal’s Missy Frederick has updates on a few openings. The Penn Quarter outpost of Cuba Libre is now set for September 17. A branch of megagrocery Wegmans will open in Lanham on October 24. And Flip Burger, the Atlanta-based creation of Top Chef’s Richard Blaise, is still looking to bring its foie-gras-topped patties and Krispy Kreme milkshakes to DC—it’s hoping to figure out a location in the next few months.
• Michael Batterberry, who cofounded Food Arts with his wife, Ariane, has died at age 78. Batterberry also started Food & Wine in 1978. Wine Spectator notes that before that, he worked as a cabaret singer in Rome and a sketch artist for the Paris Review. In May, he and Ariane received a James Beard lifetime-achievement award.
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