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BLT Group Plans a Third DC Restuarant (But Sans Initials)

The New York-based BLT Restaurant Group already has one DC outpost in BLT Steak, with another (BLT Burger) due in spring 2010, and now Tom Sietsema brings word of a third offering on the way.

However, this one won't include Laurent Tourondel's signature BLT moniker: it will simply called be Casa Nonna. Modeled on the old-school, family-style Italian-American joints like Carmine's in New York, Casa Nonna will involve all the usual pizza/pasta suspects. As for why they skipped out on the familiar initials this time around, the president of the restaurant group says that "Laurent thinks we're over-saturated in the market, and I tend to agree."
· Mamma mia! BLT goes Italian [WaPo]