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Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal signed a letter of intent to open a restaurant in a former furniture store on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE in Anacostia. The building would have a restaurant on the first floor that would be combined with a culinary training program.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Between 1.5 million and 1.6 million attended the National Cherry Blossom Festival in 2014, less than the more than 1.6 million that visited the festival last year. [Washington Business Journal]
- Volunteers searching for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd found what appeared to be bones on Sunday, but investigators confirmed they are animal bones. [Post]
- Marion Barry, who fears an HBO biopic on his life will portray him unfavorably, is now accusing some local reporters of exploiting his life story for profits. [Post]
- A strip club and two other buildings collapsed on K and 5th streets NW Friday. [News4]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Tender’s Game: The most interesting man on Capitol Hill doesn’t work in the Capitol. He’s a longtime bartender in the neighborhood—-and has been about the only constant there over the last 50 years. Meet Rudi Appl in our latest cover story.
Cinco de Drinko: Here’s where to get discounted margaritas and food to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
On the Radio: Lefty station WPFW now has new shows and the broadcast power of a commercial station, but is still plagued by some of the same old problems.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Marion Barry‘s feud with HBO over life movie continues. [Post, Twitchy]
- Ex-teacher writes book about District schools. [Post]
- Post ed board wants a shakeup on elections board. [Post]
- Barry gets a shout-out in White House Correspondents Dinner gag. [WSJ]
- Love nightclub sells for $5.1 million. [Times]
- Strip club collapses Friday afternoon. [Times, Post]
- District student test scores linked to attendance. [Post]
- More details revealed about mystery Congress Heights development. [Housing Complex]
- Pothole “pandemic” plagues District drivers. [Post]
- D.C. area B&Bs close under economic pressures. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips? email@example.com)
- Strip club and adjacent K Street NW buildings collapse. [NBC4]
- Six teams shortlisted for 11th Street Bridge Park project. [ElevationDC]
- Andy Shallal signs a letter of intent for an Anacostia Busboys and Poets. [Post]
- McMillan zoning hearing brings out an even mix of supporters and opponents. [DCist]
- The former head of the feds’ public buildings weighs in on the government’s real estate problem. [Post]
- Last week’s rain dumped around 125 million gallons of sewage into the Anacostia River. [WJLA]
- A few of the amenities at the new Marriott Marquis. [Post]
- The public library’s role as a “therapeutic place.” [Next City]
- Today on the market: 2BR condo in century-old 16th Street NW building—$659,500
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Redline Graffiti deconstructs the production and process behind its latest EP, The Drill. [D.C. Music Download]
- Who’s Fidel Castro‘s biggest fan? That’d be Ian Svenonius. [A.V. Club]
- Prominent ex-National Gallery of Art curator Nan Rosenthal died recently. [Post]
- President Obama made some funnies at that party everyone was talking about this weekend. [NPR]
- How a proposed Eisenhower Memorial died a slow death [Washingtonian]
- At DAR Constitution Hall, Ledisi dropped some wisdom on self-love on her fans. [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips? email@example.com)
- What you’ll pay for Cinco de Mayo margaritas this year [Eater]
- A peek inside Brookland’s Finest, coming soon [PoPville]
- Ballston BID announces Restaurant Challenge semifinalists. [Washingtonian]
- Busboys and Poets signs letter of intent to come to Anacostia. [Post]
- Degrees at the Ritz-Carlton now has yoga brunch. [Zagat]
- 18 new ways to use Old Bay [BuzzFeed]