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Ashok Bajaj, the man behind such respected operations as Rasika and the Oval Room, told me this afternoon that he’s planning to open his seventh restaurant some time in 2009, possibly around June. He wasn’t exactly forthcoming with details on the new concept, but he said the place would, like his other restaurants, be based in D.C.

I asked Bajaj if he was worried about opening another restaurant in this shitty economy?

“It doesn’t worry me,” he says. “It is a shitty economy. But we’re going to invest in that economy. We’re going to create jobs.”