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Daikaya's New Bottle Keep; Puerto Rican Tasting Menu at Mio

Plus, renovations at Levante's and Deadspin's scathing take on The Inn at Little Washington vs. Washingtonian scuffle.

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MCPHERSON SQUARE—A nine-course tasting menu dedicated to creative riffs on Puerto Rican cusine is launching at Mio. [Washingtonian]

FOOD MEDIA—Deadspin weighs in on the Chef Patrick O'Connell vs. Washingtonian dust up, dubbing it DinerGate. [Deadspin]

DUPONT CIRCLE—PoPville spots signage at Levante's indicating that the restaurant will close for January and February for renovations. [PoPville]

CHINATOWN—Daikaya is launching a Japanese whiskey "Bottle Keep" amenity under the leadership of new beverage director Jamie MacBain. Daikaya customers can buy a bottle of Japanese whiskey and the bar will keep it for them for up to six months to drink at their leisure. Options will include six to 12 rotating bottle selections each month to choose from, with prices ranging from $160 for a Nikka Taketsuru 12 year-old whiskey to $600 for the Suntory Yamazaki 18 year-old whiskey. And to kick off the program, Daikaya will give a complimentary raffle ticket in the form of a key with every purchase of a 40 ml pour of the "Nikka from The Barrel" priced at $35 for the entire month of February. One lucky winner from the drawing held on Saturday, February 28 will receive a $410 bottle of Nikka Taketsuru 21 year-old whiskey for the Bottle Keep shelf. [EaterWire]

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