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14th and Irving St, NW looking north towards DCUSA

May 2011 is a month that lives in infamy (for me.) A wrong is about to be righted, in spades. Yes, I speak of the darkest of days – when the Taco Bell at 14th and U Street, NW closed. Well, I heard some scuttlebutt that a few blocks north on 14th in Columbia Heights at DCUSA a Taco Bell is coming. Not just any Taco Bell. A Taco Bell Cantina!! You can see what one looks like in Vegas here. I’d give this scuttlebutt an 88% accuracy rating. Poo-poo – salt throwing – knocking wood vigorously. May the gods be kind to us and STAY TUNED.

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701 8th Street, SE

Thanks to Michael for reporting: “Spring Mill Bakery at 8th & G SE has posted a sign that it will be closing at the end of the month (other locations will remain open). Although I haven’t seen it in writing anywhere, scuttlebutt on the street is that Call Your Mother will take over the space.”

Spring Mill opened here back in 2011. In September of last year we learned that the uber popular Call Your Mother was planning on opening up a location on Capitol Hill (after Georgetown opens.) Update: EaterDC now confirms the Call Your Mother part!!

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5th and K St, NW

Thanks to Daniel and Sherri for the good sleuthing on this tip: “Bartaco is filling the old Busboys and Poets space in Mount Vernon Square.” The Edens website now lists a Bartaco in the CityVista retail. Bartaco’s website says:

“bartaco is inspired by the beach culture of brazil, uruguay and southern california. we are upscale street food with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment. we are freshly-squeezed juices, specialty cocktails and beer out of a bottle. bartaco evokes a visit to a stylish beach resort and creates an unforgettable experience.” Read More

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Back in December we shared the news that Baan Thai would be closing their super popular Logan Circle location. However, they’d be opening somewhere else and now I hear from a very good source, 99% accuracy rating, that new space will be in Mount Vernon Triangle. Back in April of last year I confirmed some scuttlebutt that Alba Osteria had closed at 425 I Street, NW. If all goes well I believe Baan Siam could be taking over the space/opening as soon as early spring. Fingers crossed and STAY TUNED for confirmation.

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1652 Columbia Rd, NW

Avi tells us: “not sure if you already know this, but just confirmed with some Federalist Pig staff that they’re expanding next door. The guy I spoke to said they’re moving forward with it, but didn’t have an exact timeline yet. Seems like our rib tip dreams are coming true.”

Back when Cricket closed next door in October, a reader wrote: “Perhaps an expansion is in their future?” I was skeptical but shared the famous James Allen quote – “Dreams are the seedlings of realities.” Indeed. Read More

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500 H Street, NE

UPDATE: This is huge news that I need people to know!! Unfortunately the owner of Bombay Street Food contacted me and said a BSF is not coming to this location. However, he’s bringing a Butter Chicken Company 2!! Scuttlebutt confirmed from the owner:

“H Street Butter chicken with 2 sides saag panir ( spinach ) Chana Masala ( chickpeas) will be serve ALL DAY.

Opening 1st or 2nd week of February.

Stay tuned for an exact opening date.

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709 7th Street, NW

Ken reports from the front lines:

“I went in to get a few things and while I was checking out, I was chatting with the sales clerk. She told me that the store won’t actually close until June 1st and that they will continue to get shipments of items until that time, but it would mostly be clearance or other reduced items. She described it kind of like a BBB clearance center. She also said that she’s heard a lot of scuttlebutt regarding what would happen to the space, Read More

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