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Anacostia Restaurant Owner Runs for D.C. City Council, Plus More Intel

Have lunch with celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa next week

Cheers at the Big Chair owner Dionne Bussey-Reeder.
Photo: Dionne Bussey-Reeder

Power play

Washington City Paper reports that Cheers at the Big Chair co-owner Dionne Bussey-Reeder is running for an at-large seat on the D.C. City Council. The District native, former Capitol Hill aide, and alum of mayor Anthony Williams’ administration is attempting to unseat current official Elissa Silverman. [WCP]


Six weeks after opening — and one bruising review from Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema later — global chain Nobu is bringing celebrity chef and founder Nobu Matsuhisa to town Monday, October 30, to introduce its new lunch service (11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Monday through Friday).

In addition to its regular sushi and Latin-Asian dishes, lunch will bring a special bento box ($45 per person) featuring miso soup, sashimi salad, fried rock shrimp, black cod with miso, and garlicky vegetables.


Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Miami Dolphins owner and venture capitalist Stephen Ross has bought into homegrown chain &pizza. This latest investment, which exceeds $25 million, dovetails with Ross’ previous interest in the Momofuku family of restaurants run by celebrity chef David Chang; & pizza and Momofuku Milk Bar joined forces earlier this year to produce branded sodas and cookies. [NRN]


Bethesda Row reports that New York chain the Halal Guys has begun construction on a new location at 4915 Elm Street. The Middle Eastern eatery already operates a handful of shops in Northern Virginia and D.C.; it wound up closing a short-lived outpost in the Atlas District this summer.


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