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  • This past year, D.C. has adopted new diverse trends in food, fashion, arts, and entertainment (but most importantly food).Call it the New York-ification of the D.C. food scene: Restaurants are springing up in ever-smaller spaces and serving fare that is increasingly niche.” And there’s much more where that came from… Check out this WaPo article for a peek into the future of the D.C. dining scene.
  • Speaking of things to look forward to… come spring, Bar Pilar will be expanding. “The upstairs dining room décor will remain consistent with Bar Pilar’s eclectic design, and will feature a wall adorned in antique stained doors, ornate Cuban tiles and unique art from local artists” – but best of all, more seating!

  • The New Iota: Coffehouse by day, concert venue at night – Owners Jane Negrey Inge and Stephen Negrey have been looking for ways to turn the space into a food-and-drink business as well, and recently decided to undertake a substantial renovation to the club’s interior to make it happen. (TBD)

  • David Varley is leaving Bourbon Steak (and winner of 2010’s Cochon 555) and departs for San Francisco to become the Corporate Chef for Mina Group, acclaimed chef Michael Mina’s collection of 18 fine dining restaurants. Adam Sobel (previously of Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas) is stepping in  as Executive Chef. Check out our interview with Varley here.

  • District Taco is hosting a Taco-Eating Contest next Monday night (Jan. 10). Even if you don’t make it on the Wall of Fame, you still get to eat a hell of a lot of tacos if you’re chosen! So hurry up and enter here if you want to compete! All entries must be received by tomorrow.