A restaurant critic from the Richmond Times-Dispatch has been dismissed after accusations of plagiarism. Freelance writer Elliott Shaffner’s work in restaurant reviews appears to have been lifted from language by L.A. Weekly critic Jonathan Gold in several instances. [E]
Bethesda has lost one of its sushi restaurants. Robert Dyer reports Matuba has closed its doors. It was the first to market in the area for revolving sushi buffets, according to the report. [RD]
Fire officials responded to a blaze at Climax on Florida Ave. NW on Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported. [Borderstan]
State Dinner details
Want to know what the delegation from Singapore will be eating at tomorrow’s state dinner? Tom Sietsema has details about the dishes, including heirloom tomato salad and Wagyu beef. [WaPo]
If a ramen craving is in the cards today, don’t go for a fix at Toki Underground. The restaurant is briefly closed for some remodeling today, and will reopen tomorrow.