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The Wrap-Up: The Week in Food
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• The former Garden District space on the corner of 14th and S streets, Northwest, will become a burger place, according to Prince of Petworth. The liquor application shows that there'll be 145 seats—15 inside and a proposal for 130 outside.
• Jane Black of the Washington Post reported yesterday that the cable channel TLC will run a six-episode reality show based on Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne, the sisters behind Georgetown Cupcake. The series, called Cupcake Sisters, will follow the women as they work on growing their business, which now has locations in Georgetown and Bethesda. Filming starts today and goes through the spring.
• The former Butterfield 9 talented toque Michael Harr is now behind the stoves at Old Hickory Steakhouse and Moon Bay Coastal Cuisine, two of the higher-end restaurants at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. According to the Washington Post's Tom Sietsema, Harr will give both places a menu revamp—which includes adding game meats (elk, ostrich, and pigeon) to the Old Hickory lineup. A representative of the resort tells us Harr took over this week.
• Starting Monday, February 15, Poste in DC's Penn Quarter will be closed for 12 days to undergo a major cosmetic overhaul. There'll be new granite bar tops and refinished floors when it repons, and over the next few months, the restaurant—which has been open for eight years—will get new furniture, fixtures, and lighting.
• Lots of restaurants had to close during our most recent bout of snow, and they took a major financial hit. Tim Carman of the Washington City Paper talked to Restaurant Eve chef/owner Cathal Armstrong, who estimated he lost about $100,000 from the storms this winter. In addition to canceled reservations, lots of unused food had to be thrown out.
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