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Tax Troubles At Kushi; Matchbox Headed To 14th Street

This week's top dish from Eater DC, Curbed's restaurant, bar, and nightlife blog...

MT. VERNON SQUARE—The DC Office of Tax and Revenue forced Kushi to temporarily close last weekend after the restaurant was late in paying installments of the more than $129,000 it owed in 2010 sales and use taxes. The Japanese izakaya is back open now.

U STREETMatchbox announced that it has signed a lease for a new outpost on 14th Street in the old Arena Stage building. They're aiming for a summer 2012 opening after a "gut rehabilitation."

CHINATOWN—For the latest edition of its Gatekeepers feature, Eater talks to Graffiato general manager James Horn for tips on how to get seated faster at the new restaurant and what bribes he might accept in exchange for a four-top.

ALEXANDRIA—This week in Shit People Steal, Restaurant Eve's Meshelle Armstrong explains that guests at the restaurant tend to place purse hooks inside their purses. Those are not an amenity.

GEORGETOWNPinkberry is going to be opening yet another DC location, this time in Georgetown. Naturally, they will be located right across the street from Georgetown Cupcake.