The theme debate
What's in a theme? Some restaurants think having one is essential, but things can also get cheesy fast. [WCP]
Cannabis in the kitchen
On the heels of last weekend's Blazed & Glazed festival, The Washington Post looks at the various ways professional and home cooks are experimenting with marijuana. [WaPo]
Here's the latest update on the Oklahoma Joe's location coming to Merrifield. The owner says May 30 is now their estimate for the debut.
Also in updates, Cheesetique's Ballston location just passed its building inspection. That means they're a few weeks away from opening. [FB]
Prioritizing restaurant spending
$250 can buy a diner entrance to Pineapples & Pearls. It also can buy the many, many food items Thrillist outlines here. [Thrillist]