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J.P. Fetherston is a Top New Mixologist, Plus More Intel

Mini news bites for the morning

The Columbia Room
The Columbia Room
Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

A nice nod

It’s been a good few weeks for national recognition of D.C. The latest: Food & Wine names J.P. Fetherston of Columbia Room one of its Best New Mixologists this year. [F&W]

Not cool

Diners trying to avoid paying their checks are the worst. And they’re more prevalent than one might think. [WCP]

Test market

It’s been established that D.C. is the Ruling City of Fast-Casual Restaurants. Going Out Guide tries to unpack some of the reasons why. [GoG]


Here’s an obligatory reminder that there are free Shake Shack burgers available at all locations (save Nats Park) this morning.

A political connection?

Restaurant sales are down in 2016. Could the fact that it’s an election year be to blame? Eater investigates. [E]

Free no longer

Headed to PassionFish or Bartaco? Pull out some quarters (or download that app). Reston Town Center parking isn’t going to be free anymore, though some restaurants plan to offer some form of validation. [WBJ]