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Yaku will be history by January.

The poor economy keeps putting the squeeze on local restaurants.

The latest to shut their doors (or scheduled to shut their doors) include Vegetate in Shaw, the  CPK on Connecticut Avenue, Yaku in Arlington,D’Acqua on Pennsylvania Avenue, Savory Cafe in Takoma Park, and Enjera Eritrean Restaurant and Bar in Crystal City.

These victims, some of which promise to be back online in the future, follow in a long line of restaurant funerals this year. Check out this sad list:

And many many more that I don’t have the time or inclination to track down. But on the eve of Thanksgiving, I’d like to say thanks to all of these fallen dining spots. Thanks for filling our stomachs over the years, no matter how well (or poorly) you did the task.