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  1. Bahahaha, Desus & Mero (formerly of Viceland, now of Showtime) were all about this a few months ago.
  2. This doesn't surprise me. The guy wouldn't even hire a CEO. It's a little misleading or, perhaps, Carman and Judkis are assuming that their target audience, i.e., well-educated DC area types, know the distinction between Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies. But, it's likely because the headline is clickbaity.
  3. From ‘Top Chef’ stardom to bankruptcy: The rise and fall of Mike Isabella Carman and Judkis doing a deep dive, including an interview with Isabella. One of the biggest takeaways is that Isabella just. doesn't. get it. Or, perhaps more accurately, he does not want to. Choice quote: In other words, "I want the latitude to continue being a chauvinist and a prick because I came up during a different era where it was acceptable or wasn't questioned." Other choice info include the fact that his investors were pushing him to hire a CEO to manage the expansion and Isabella refused to because, seemingly, he didn't want to relinquish control: (emphasis added) I have no love for Isabella, but I did appreciate Kapnos. To my mind, other than Komi, those restaurants were doing really good things for Greek food in the DC area. My late father, who was notoriously finicky about restaurants (he didn't like going out to eat), actually enjoyed the meal we had at Kapnos Kouzina and, in fact, days before he passed, took my mom out to that same restaurant for her birthday. So, notwithstanding it's affiliation with Isabella, I hope that restaurant manages to survive this shitstorm.
  4. I hear you on that --- unfortunately, those two spots you mention are probably the two worst outposts in all of R. House. It's worth a return visit to check out BRD, BeBim, Ground & Griddled, and Stall 11. I don't eat at the Mediterranean place because I can do that just fine at home, and I have zero interest in poke. The pizza place is reasonable too.
  5. Sure. But what about BeBim in R. House, among other spots?
  6. Hey, look! Hampden is getting another unnecessary restaurant, this time a sushi place where you get to sip on awesome "Asian cocktails", eat awesome "upscale" sushi, and slurp on awesome Korean ramen (BUT NO PORK BROTH, SO DON'T ASK)! There's already a decent, Americanized sushi place nearby at Yama Sushi, and 18-8 Sushi also just opened up in the Rotunda if you need to satisfy your craving for over-the-top rolls. But this? What's the point when Hampden (and Baltimore generally) lacks high-quality Indian, Southeast Asian, or East Asian food at large. Sigh...
  7. Bahahaha, is this Chicago Manual of Style or MLA Style? Also, the same mentality that brought us Mr. Yogato and about 8,000 other silly frogurt shops.
  8. Sigh. Just came across this on the Eaters - Ready for Dress Code-Required Ramen? D.C. nightclub vets are assembling the fashionable noodle shop of their dreams I don't know why this is getting me so amped up, but it's probably the idea of taking ramen, a generally humble, salaryman's meal, and trying to shoehorn it into a club environment. Also, the last thing I want to do in my nice clothes is eat ramen, because there's bound to be some splashing, etc. Don - feel free to edit the thread title, but my point stands.
  9. Why don't you head to R. House for their Brunch House? It's also super kid-friendly in there; I see kids running around at all times.
  10. Latest news is that Papi's will be opening a second location in Hampden soon, taking over the old Dimitri's space (thank god; that place was sketch). Papi's is reliable, but given the proximity of Clavel, I'm not certain this move makes a ton of sense. I think it makes sense only for Hampdenites who literally want to go no further than two blocks away.
  11. Qualia's future in Petworth put into question with 2019 lease expiration. All options appear to be on the table, but Qualia may or may not stay in its current location past 2019.
  12. This should not come as a surprise. There were constant rumors of staff dissent and turnover, and frequent unexplained closures during the week. Current word on the street (from my neighbor, who I would not say is the most credible source...) is that the head chef on the Charcuterie side will be taking over the establishment and rebooting. We'll hear more soon, I'm sure.
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