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Trump Settles Second D.C. Restaurant Lawsuit, Plus More Intel

True Food Kitchen expanding to Bethesda

[Warren Rojas]

The Trump Organization is two-for-two in terms of making nice with the hospitality industry this week, settling an outstanding lawsuit with Food Network personality Geoffrey Zakarian just days after quashing a similar legal spat with restaurateur José Andrés. Both celebrity chefs initially agreed to open restaurants in Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, but had second thoughts once then-presidential candidate Donald Trump verbally attacked unauthorized immigrants while on the campaign trail. [ENY]

Opening Alert

Those scouring D.C. for raw seafood stand to gain a new port of call Wednesday with the arrival of Abunai Poke. Washingtonian’s Jessica Sidman says former food trucker Akina Harada is bringing her brand of protein-rich sustenance to 1920 L Street NW — and already plans to expand her brick-and-mortar presence from there. [Washingtonian]

Coming Attractions

True Food Kitchen expects to take up residency in Bethesda this summer, mapping out plans to open its second location in the area on Wednesday, June 14. True Food Kitchen took root in Northern Virginia’s Mosaic District a few years back, and is now poised to occupy the ground floor of the Solaire complex (7077 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, Md.).

A True Food Kitchen spokeswoman told Eater executive chef Randall Matthews will head the culinary team, while brand beverage director Jon Augustin plots the drinks list. “We will feature a selection of local beers from the Bethesda/D.C. Metro area,” the True Food Kitchen aide wrote in an email.

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