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NYC Eateries Invading DC, Chicago Oldie on Its Deathbed

WASHINGTON—Two popular New York eateries are expanding into the DC market. First up, Hill Country will open the 13,0000 square-foot Hill Country Barbecue Market next fall in the Penn Quarter neighborhood. Probably more imminent is the first DC location of Doughnut Plant, which also announced another NYC spinoff today. [Daily Blender/TONY]

WASHINGTON—Speaking of our nation's capital, there's been a notable chef shuffle in the Michel Richard empire. Longtime chef Cedric Maupillier has left Central Michel Richard after three years there and two years at Citronelle before that. Taking his place at Central is Arthur Cavaliere, who was the executive chef at Philadelphia's 300-seat Parc. [WaPo]

CHICAGO—It looks like another old-timer is biting the dust in Chicago, as the Sun-Times reports that the Pump Room is on its last legs and closing its dining room at month's end. Once upon a time, it was a celebrity hotspot, but nowadays, not so much; even Grub Street calls the death hardly a surprising one. [Sun-Times/GS]
[Photo: Pump Room]