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Grab Your Earplugs: The signs posted at the intersection of 18th Street NW and Florida Avenue are ominous: “EXCAVATION BEGINS IN 3 DAYS.” The city has been in the process of rebuilding 18th Street between Massachusetts Avenue and Columbia Road. The next phase, which will involve reconfiguring the complex junction of streets on the border of Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle, is about to start. That means a handful of restaurants and eateries, including L’Enfant Café & Bar, El Tamarindo, Dahlak, 18th & U Duplex Diner, El Khartoum, are about to head into the worst of the streetscaping. While the 18th Street reconstruction has complicated sidewalk traffic for months, the already complicated act of traversing the intersection will become even more complicated. And it’s a taste of what’s to come for the heart of the 18th Street strip up the hill. Meanwhile, businesses on H Street NE say: “Welcome to the club.” [Adams Morgan Streetscape Project, WaPo]
A Sign of Spring: While Christmas-themed drinks seem to make an earlier and earlier appearance each year at places like Starbucks, at least McDonald’s doesn’t deploy its Shamrock shakes too early in the St. Patrick’s Day celebratory season. [ARLNow]
Red Meat Row Loses Its Luster? It appears that Dupont Circle’s influx of burger joints may be in retreat just a bit. [PoP]
War on Food Continues: Two Republicans, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, both who have faced issues related to their body weight, are supporting first lady Michelle Obama‘s Let’s Move! campaign. [WSJ via Eater Nat’l]