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Tom Sietsema Profile; Crane & Turtle Update

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS— Upcoming restaurant Crane & Turtle is now about a month away from opening, according to co-owner Paul Ruppert. He's also planning to open a bookstore next door to sister bar Petworth Citizen. Upshur Street Books will focus on literary fiction and poetry, art books, local authors and children's books, he says. [EaterWire]

THE CRITICSMetroWeekly has an engaging and personal profile of Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema. "This job is all about transcending personal taste. When I'm working on the Fall Dining Guide, I go to about 100 restaurants starting in May and June for publication in October, so I'm thinking fall. I'm not eating watermelon and rhubarb and soft-shell crabs. I'm looking for haunches of meat and heavier things knowing that this is going to appear in print in October." [MW]

THE CRITICS— John Mariani visits D.C. and writes about several new(ish) restaurants in town for HuffPo. Favorites include Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, Nopa Kitchen + Bar and The Grill Room .[HP]

FALLS CHURCH— So Dogfish Head has a country fried burger. [BD]

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