LOGAN CIRCLE—Behold a letter Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor sent to Birch & Barley chefs Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIsaac. Bailey tweeted this letter in which Sotomayor thanks them for a recent meal, commends her server Carl and promises to return:: "I often pine for the food alternatives I had in New York. My dinner at your place — the creativity of the dishes, inventive pairings of taste and beauty of presentation — rival any meal I have had in New York. [Twitter]
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS—Prince of Petworth bears the bad news that El Rinconcito Deportivo is closing on 11th Street in November thanks to the sale of the restaurant's building.
ARLINGTON—ARLnow reports that the short-lived Melody Tavern has closed its doors on Glebe Road, noting that the location is what ultimately presented a challenge for the year-old restaurant and bar.
BLOOMINGDALE—On Sunday, the Bloomingdale neighborhood celebrates its annual North Capitol Main Street Festival. There will be a wing-eating competition, a beer and wine pavilion selling local brews and a $10-a-plate pig roast. The festival runs from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on T Street between 1st and North Capitol streets. [EaterWire]