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Misfortune Cookie: “DC is no Beijing or Hong Kong, nor is it New York or San Francisco or Los Angeles. But there’s no obvious reason that the city, accommodating a steady stream of cosmopolitan and international population, should be content dwelling in a cesspool of Chinese/ethnic food mediocrity.” [The Atlantic]

Head of the Class-Action: A D.C. lawyer seeking $5 million in damages on behalf of businesses impacted by flooding at Georgetown’s Washington Harbour estimates that some waterlogged restaurants may have lost “upwards of $100,000”  over Easter weekend. [Washington Times]

Tipping the Upscales: Restaurateur Liu Chaosheng of Hong Kong Palace and Uncle Liu’s Hot Pot fame is opening his fourth area venue next week. Mala Tang in Arlington will be “more upscale than his other restaurants,” a manager says, but will also include a more informal “street food counter.” [WaPo]

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