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Fig & Olive Speaks Out, Daniel Giusti Returns to D.C., More Intel

Mini news bites for the morning.

Fig & Olive
Fig & Olive
R. Lopez

Fig & Olive speaks

The Washington Post interviews the Fig & Olive president over the recent salmonella scare, though primarily about the related controversy surrounding how the chain prepares its food by using pre-made items. It's a weird interview, not only because it's being conducted about the reporting by another publication (Washington City Paper's extensive investigation) — there are also a lot of refusals to answer questions, etc. Reporter Tim Carman asks if the president will apologize to those who were sickened at the restaurant. Greg Galy would only say, "I apologize to our guests for being subjected to any misrepresentation by the media." [WaPo]

Beer shuffles

Atlas Brew Works co-founder Will Durgin is leaving the brewery. No word on what he'll be doing next beyond, well, getting a haircut. [Washingtonian]

Giusti returns

Daniel Giusti, the former 1789 chef who made his way to Noma, is leaving the top-tier Copenhagen restaurant at the end of the year. He'll return to D.C. for a career change of sorts: he's going into school food service to try to improve school lunches. [WaPo]

Photo interlude

And to wrap things up: here's a photo of a gingerbread Shake Shack:

The Shackquarters holiday celebration wouldn’t have been complete without a mini Shake Shack made of gingerbread. Thanks to Boundless Brooklyn for the chipboard model beneath. Sweet!

Posted by Shake Shack - Official Page on Sunday, December 20, 2015

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