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Bryan Voltaggio‘s plans for a 10,000-square-foot Italian food market in Frederick, modeled after Mario Batali‘s Eataly in New York, could have some unexpected competition—Eataly in D.C. 

The Huffington Post reports that Batali and partner Joe Bastianich are planning to open a Washington-area spin-off of their 40,000-square-foot Flatiron-area food-and-beverage emporium by the end of 2012.

Contacted by HuffPo, Voltaggio rebuffs suggestions that Batali and company’s arrival might spoil his own plans, noting Eataly’s reliance on imported goods, in particular: “Mine’s going to be very much based on American cuisine, with meat and poultry from within 200 miles of Frederick.”

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