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mussel%20bar%20150.jpgOpening a new restaurant in DC may be a permitting nightmare, but bringing in booze is a breeze. The City Paper explains that DC has become a "craft beer haven" because it is "the wild, wild west" of import regulations, allowing businesses to bring in craft brews and brands straight from suppliers. By contrast, most other states require bars to buy through wholesalers or even through the local government — a process which Mussel Bar manager Thor Cheston clearly dislikes: "I would rather rip my eyeballs from my skull than open another restaurant in Montgomery County." [WCP]