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#1 youngfood

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:06 AM

From today's metro section.



#2 mame11

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:11 AM

From today's metro section.

Wow! Congratulations Michael. pRAYse perhaps...

#3 DanielK

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:16 AM

This AND the Courthouse location?

Dude, did you suddenly figure out human cloning?

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:51 AM

Fantastic! Congratulations Michael. Finally, a Ray's in the District...

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:22 AM

Me way hell out in Fairfax ................................................................................
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Why, Michael, why?

Congrats.
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#6 Spiral Stairs

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:24 AM

This is beyond cool. It is important that this place succeed. I shall do my part.
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#7 Pat

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 09:04 AM

This is great news!

#8 DanielK

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 09:12 AM

This is beyond cool. It is important that this place succeed. I shall do my part.

It's a 5 minute drive from RFK, and will thus become my go-to location for pre DC United game dining.

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 09:16 AM

Very cool. But, I'll ask the obvious...

There's a reason (or multiple reasons) businesses haven't been in this part of town. I'm sure Michael's done his research and is doing this with confidence. So, what's changed?

#10 ruslev

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 09:53 AM

what's the menu going to focus on? something new up his sleeve? the Heat, hmmm?

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 10:02 AM

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#12 synaesthesia

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 10:22 AM

Wings! Ten different heat levels! =D Must sign contract to get any of the three spiciest.
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Posted 05 September 2008 - 10:33 AM

Michael is amazing. Taking on three different jurisdictional bureaucracies, with different health departments, licensing, tax offices, alcohol beverage control systems. But good for him. Ward 7 is a part of DC that really needs his brand of ethical community-service oriented restaurant. I predict that it will be his greatest success.

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 11:44 AM

I hope they find a way to keep the wig shop open - for a hair Ray's-ing experience! :lol:

#15 mdt

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 06:28 AM

I guess everyone was caught up with Kliman's twittering, but there was a good Q&A with Landrum about the new place too. Click. The first part is near the beginning and it continues toward the end of the page.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 12:30 PM

Nashville Hot Chicken?? F**k me....that sounds incredible. Michael - if you need a critical guinea pig, you know where to find me!

#17 Michael Landrum

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 05:13 PM

Nashville Hot Chicken?? F**k me....that sounds incredible. Michael - if you need a critical guinea pig, you know where to find me!

Oh, how I would so love to get my hands on you--such a pretty little guinea pig you'd make:

"But he liked it..."

For real, any of you all who have not experienced Hot Chicken first-hand have no idea what I've got in store or how much I am going to enjoy it. (Although it does seem that synaesthesia has an inkling. Hmmm...Instinct? Projection? Lucky guess? I wonder...).

Cue evil laughter, escalating to the maniacally apoplectic.

#18 Waitman

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 11:49 AM

Any updates on this?

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 03:46 PM

Still no news.........??

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 03:53 PM

I really hope that this project doesn't fall through. I have a pro bono client in the area for whom I just secured a nice settlement. He said that he wanted to take me an my colleague out for dinner when the check comes. "Except," he said, "I don't know of any restaurants other than Denny's." It would be nice to know that the folks in this neighborhood have something else to call their own.

#21 Michael Landrum

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 01:43 PM

There is no chance of this project falling through. Infrastructure build-out is complete. Fixtures are in place. Furniture and equipment is all that is left. Two phone calls and I'm ready to go.

It is really just a matter of the time and resources necessary to manage the insanity of Hell-Burger while maintaining some level of quality control (it would be so much easier to just let it suck for a while and then go back to normal, but then I'd have to hear about it from Don all day).

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 03:45 PM

Surprised this hasn't been posted yet.





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