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Fire at Eden Center; Sietsema Talks Soft Openings

Plus, a new law could mean drinking at the salon in Virginia.

Eden Center.
Eden Center.
Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

THE CRITICS— Tom Sietsema weighed in on the idea of soft openings in his chat today. "The way I look at it, if the door is open, the lights are on and the restaurant is charging full fare, it's open, plain and simple." [WaPo]

ADVENTURES IN DRINKING— How does champagne with that pedicure sound? Washington Business Journal reports Virginia is considering legislation that would allow hair and nail salons to serve alcohol. [WBJ]

FALLS CHURCH— Vietnamese shopping center Eden Center suffered a pretty big fire this afternoon. Details are still coming out, but there appear to be a few non-life-threatening injuries. Initial reports say the fire began in the closet of a jewelry store; there are no initial reports of any of the restaurants in the center being damaged. [ARLNOW]