• In more mobile-food news, the trucks' tension with brick-and-mortar restaurants has reached a boiling point. Prince of Petworth said Tuesday that city officials are looking to either wipe out food trucks all together, making them pay sales tax, or putting a cap on the number of mobile vendors. What do you think of the situation? Tell us here.
• According to a press release put out by the NoMa Business Improvement District, chef Gillian Clark of the General Store will open Kitchen on K Street in April or May. The restaurant, at Third and K streets, Northeast, is based on her late Colorado Kitchen: "Imagine Betty Crocker gone Cordon Bleu," she said. Three weeks ago, in response to rumors about plans for a NoMa restaurant, she e-mailed us with a statement saying that she was fully focused on her forthcoming Petworth project. The NoMa area is developing quickly; a few months ago, Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox announced plans for a second restaurant in that neighborhood.
• The Brickskeller, a 53-year-old beer-focused restaurant in DC's Dupont Circle, is closing its doors later this month. The dark haunt, which has 1,200 beers on its list (but often just 3/4 of them in stock), is being sold to new owners who won't have the Brickskeller name, a bar manager told WTOP. The last day to get a brew there is December 18 or 19. Lots of beer-centric restaurants and bars have opened in the last few years, giving the Brickskeller tough competition.
• In this week's New York Times dining section, Jennifer Steinhauer wrote about Capitol Hill's growing bounty of bad-for-you dining options. She pointed to the sliders-and-pizza joint Matchbox and its new hot-dog place, DC-3, and its comfort-food diner Ted's Bulletin; Spike Mendelsohn's We, the Pizza; and the New England-themed Liberty Tree on H Street. Steinhauer notes that the highly caloric pizza, burgers, and milkshakes are a counterpoint to Congress's healthy-eating initiatives. The most notable regular at Good Stuff Eatery, Mendelsohn's Capitol Hill burger spot? The First Lady, she of the White House garden and Let's Move! projects.
• In Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema's weekly chat, he announced that chef Rusty Holman—who was hired and fired at Eatonville in a flash—is back. He's working with restaurateur Bo Blair to turn the Rookery, Blair's invitation-only club in DC's Foggy Bottom, into a New Orleans-inspired restaurant. Called Bayou—not to be confused with the new Bayou Bakery in Courthouse—the place will have po' boys, gumbo, and live jazz.
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