Eataly in Town
Ever heard of Eataly, the massive Italian food emporium in Manhattan? In case you haven’t, think a giant farmers’ market, but all Italian food and inside. Well rumors have started spinning about where it’s going to be when it comes to DC in the near future and Eater has these ideas captured for us. It might be at the City Center downtown, in the Georgetown mall, at the old Borders space near Farragut square or the former ESPN zone space — or somewhere else entirely.
Cab Fares Going Up
Brace yourselves if you take cabs around the city. The The Washington Post tells us that the taxicab commission approved an increase in the fares coming soon to a District near you. Under the proposal, while the base $3 rate will stay the same, the per-mile rate will jump from $1.50 to $2.16. Ouch. Silver lining: you should be able to pay by credit card by fall 2012 (hooray?).
Charge it to the Fed
The District has been spending a fair amount of money on the Occupy DC situation. Because of the way the city is organized, the land that the protestors are on is actually federal land and it’s the National Park Service that is allowing them to say. According to WTOP, Mayor Gray has asked the Fed to jump in and cover some of these costs, rather than assigning all of it just to DC taxpayers. This isn’t actually out of the norm, since apparently DC frequently gets reimbursed for various marches and protests. We’ll see what happens on that one.
Smithsonian: Seriously Amazing
Quick: when you think of the Smithsonian, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? As the Post says, apparently they feel like their image has become “the nation’s attic” and they’d like that to not be the case. After extensive research, the famous Institution will be rebranding itself with the tagline of “Seriously Amazing.” Seriously? Amazing.
From Michelle Lancaster. Talk to me on Twitter @MichLancaster.
Historic U Street Post Office Back on Market
1438 U Street is in need of a new owner, as Rock Creek Group placed the property back on the market. The Washington Business Journal has the skinny on why they decided to relist the property. Plans had been floated for retail, office and even condos in the historic structure, formerly Station 9.