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I just got off the phone with Kevin Tyldesley, director of operations for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, who tells me that the company behind such eateries as Rustico and Vermilion will not be, as previously reported here and elsewhere, a partner in Andy Shallal‘s upcoming Eatonville project.

Tyldesley says that NRG’s Michael Babin and Shallal had talked about the project, but that’s about it. “We’ve got a lot on our plate right now,” Tyldesley says about NRG, which is still working to open its double (beer)-barreled joint, Birch & Barley and ChurchKey, in the old Dakota Cowgirl and Ramrod spaces on 14th Street NW. “I don’t anticipate that we’ll become involved at this late stage.”

Shallal, best known for his mini-Busboys & Poets chain, expects to open Eatonville, a homage to Zora Neale Hurston, early next year.