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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Hosts Open House; Pho Pop-Up

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DUPONT CIRCLE—Tomorrow morning marks the grand opening of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at the Washington Hilton with a ribbon cutting and a three-hour open house that will include free coffee and baked goods. There will also be a person wandering around in a Cupid costume and if you are a big coffee drinker it is probably imperative to get a picture with them on your smartphone — Coffee Bean will give half-price drinks to anyone with such a photo for the remainder of this month. It all gets underway bright and early at 7 a.m. [EaterWire]

SHAW—Prince of Petworth brings the news that Marvin chef James Claudio and Toki Underground's Thang Le are collaborating on a pho pop-up at the Montserrat House on 9th Street. The pop-up gets underway on Thursday night and runs through Saturday night, 7:30 p.m. until late-night hours. [PoP]

FABIO TRABOCCHI WIRE—We Love DC interviews Fiola's Fabio Trabocchi today, who let slip that he's already looking to expand with a second concept that would be "something completely different, probably Italian, but not necessarily." [We Love DC]

AWARDS SEASON—There's still (a little) time left to vote for your favorite local pastry chefs in Food & Wine's best new pastry chef people's choice award. Once again, our nominees are the Oval Room's Cicely Tyson and Wit & Wisdom's Chris Ford, formerly of Rogue 24 and Trummer's on Main. [F&W]

NIGHTLIFE—If you've been consoling yourself with Whitney Houston's songbook all day, the Washington Post has rounded up some tribute parties for the late singer going on at clubs all over town. Sad. [WaPo]

OPENING REPORTChinito's Burritos has opened its doors on Florida Avenue near Gallaudet and Prince of Petworth has both the menu and an explanation of the Mexican fast-casual spot that bills itself as gourmet. [PoP]

Fiola [Photo: AJ Chavar/]

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