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FREDERICK—Here's a reason to make the drive out to Frederick, Maryland: Former Top Chef contestant Bryan Voltaggio is getting set to open a diner named Family Meal later this month. Eater has the first pictures of the restaurant, set in an old car dealership.
BLIND ITEMS—This week, Tom Sietsema tweeted a mysterious blind item about "a not-so-top chef" whose chef friends apparently don't even like his food. Eater readers have been wildly speculating on the chef's identity.
VIDEO INTERLUDE—The Pentagon has developed a tank that shoots cupcakes — or at least it had one on hand this week to help celebrate the birth of the Army. The tank was made with 5,000 cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake. Watch a video of the cupcake-shooting tank in action.
WEST END—For those looking to score a table at Blue Duck Tavern, general manager Joseph Cerione has some tips, plus some intel on their regular celebrity clientele and why they'll even take special trips to Whole Foods for you.
FOOD MEDIA—In the latest edition of Every Day With Rachael Ray, the magazine dubs DC "A New Culinary Capital." The piece isn't online, but Eater has the highlights.
UNION STATION—The fantastic news for travelers is that Dangerously Delicious Pies is officially expanding to open a location in Union Station.
OBAMA ENDORSED—President Barack Obama stopped by Kenny's BBQ Smokehouse on the Hill for ribs earlier this week as an early Father's Day commemoration. Eater also has a photo of POTUS and Congressional leaders passing around the hoagies from the president's visit to Taylor Gourmet last month.
RUMORMONGERING— People who like drinking outdoors, barbecue and buildings will be pleased to hear that the National Building Museum and Hill Country are in talks to open a tavern of the National Building Museum's lawn this summer.
MT VERNON SQUARE—Filling in the vacant City Vista space that was supposed to host a Michael Landrum restaurant is beloved salad-and-froyo operation Sweetgreen. They hope to open in August.
DUPONT CIRCLE—Popular Dupont Circle restaurant Hank's Oyster Bar continues to be embroiled in a fight with its neighbors, some of whom have succeeded in getting half the restaurant's patio closed. But Hank's is fighting back with a letter to its large community of supporters.