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The supposedly temporary America Eats Tavern isn’t shutting its doors any time soon. While the National Archives exhibit that inspired the pop-up eatery will finish up in January, restaurateur José Andrés tells WaPo critic Tom Sietsema that he intends to keep the makeshift house of watery “catsups” and $8 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches open until July 4, 2012: “‘The reason is simple,’  says Andres. ‘I don’t have to rush’ plans to install his expansion of Minibar in the three-story space once occupied by Cafe Atlantico.”

Photo by Chris Shott