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Developer Douglas Jemal has a reputation for being sensitive to historic preservation and city ecology. So when a Jemal renovation on 7th Street NW across from the MCI Center displaced Chinatown fixtures like the Golden Palace and Eat First restaurants, downtown activists remained optimistic. “The great thing about Doug Jemal is that he won’t rent to just anyone,” says Terry Lynch of the Downtown Cluster of Congregations. Jemal’s properties have been fallow for more than a year as he has waited for the right tenants. But according to a sign recently posted in a 7th Street storefront window, the wait is finally over: Say hello to Ruby Tuesday. Lynch admits that the strip-mall favorite is not the eclectic retailer he hoped would anchor the block. “Ruby Tuesday is not ABC Carpet, either,” Lynch assures. “It’s not the death knell.” —Stephanie Mencimer