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Chaplin’s Co-Owner Armin Amin-Toomaji Dies in Accident

Plus more restaurant news in brief

Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.


Sad news for the industry again today. The co-owner of Chaplin’s, the Shaw bar and ramen house, was killed in a car accident. Washingtonian reports the incident occurred when owner Armin Amin-Toomaji was walking a friend to her car from the restaurant. He was 44.

The restaurant said on Facebook, "The Chaplin's family is heart-broken by the loss of our friend, brother and legend, Armin Amin. You were a gentle giant with a huge heart — taken from us, way too soon — while always caring for others. We were blessed by your generosity, grace and spirit. You have done so much for our city and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you and toast you for the love and leadership you have given us." [Washingtonian, FB]

A collage of

A collage of Armin Amin-Toomaji [Facebook]

Korean BBQ without the commute

Could Honeypig be coming to D.C.? A banner map on their site lists D.C. as "coming soon," without a specific location cited. Eater has reached out to the Annandale-based Korean barbecue chain for any additional information. The restaurant has toyed with a D.C. location before. [Official site, via PoP]

Awards Season

More accolades for D.C. Southern Living names Kinship and The Dabney to its list of best new Southern restaurants. [SL]

Pankake selfie?

Check this one off the bucket list (or something). Holiday Inn Express’s Pancake Selfie Express truck (yes, this is a real thing) will be in town next Thursday and Friday. Those who visit the truck in Adams Morgan can get a selfie printed on a free pancake.

The Pancake selfie truck [Photo: Official]

The Pancake selfie truck [Photo: Official]

Chefs in the Kitchen

Watch Chef Patrick Curran, an Eater Young Gun, in action in this photo series. Eater captures him making a crab-topped ramen dish. [E]