The Gurus round up the week’s must-read blog posts, tweets and restaurant/bar rumor-mongering.
Fresh off a four-star review of Citronelle in Tom Sietsema’s Fall Dining Guide, chef Michel Richard is planning to open a meatball sandwich shop at 626 E St. NW in Penn Quarter, reports Prince of Petworth. The fast-casual restaurant will likely open “in about two weeks.” (Prince of Petworth)
Whatever your feelings on the proliferation of Dunkin Donuts in the District, it’s hard to hate free coffee. That’s exactly what the new Dunkin location at 2001 14th St. NW is giving out through Oct. 30, according to a DCist blog post this morning. Lines have been long, so either budget some time for your coffee stop or wait a day or two before cashing in on the promotion. (DCist)
If you arrive at Estadio with a date around 8 p.m. on Saturday night, you’re going to be looking at wait of 60 to 90 minutes, according to general manager Justin Guthrie. He tells Eater that the staff at the Spanish restaurant consistently turns down offers of cash in exchange for a better spot on the waiting list, and one couple even faked an Open Table confirmation e-mail in order to secure a table. (Eater)
Oyamel is serving a special “Day of the Dead” menu through Nov. 2, and Brightest Young Things’ advance look has many mouth-watering photos. Among the offerings: Mezcal cocktails, tangy guac and seared trout roasted in black garlic. (Brightest Young Things)
After the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Sunday, civil rights activist and academic Cornel West led a demonstration outside the Supreme Court, protesting against corporate influence in politics. Among the 18 others arrested alongside West: Local R&B crooner Raheem DeVaughn, who’s scheduled to perform at Howard University’s homecoming Yardfest on Friday. (Washington City Paper)
Speaking of protests, food educator Tom Philpott argues in the new Mother Jones that the next allies of the Occupy Wall Street movement should be foodies, because agriculture is as much of a monopoly as banking. “Agribusiness is concentrated to a point that would make a Wall Street master of the universe blush,” he writes. “Vast globe-spanning corporations, many of them U.S.-based, dominate the industry.” (Mother Jones; hat-tip to Tim Carman)
Arlington voted Saturday to add 30 new Capital Bikeshare stations and 192 bikes to its existing network. This follows a vote by Alexandria last week to join the Bikeshare system. And Bikeshare fans, don’t forget to check out our guide to exploring the city on the ubiquitous red bicycles. (WashCycle)