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Posted at 09:30 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Iranian plot may have involved ambassador’s favorite restaurant. Cafe Milano?


Franco Nuschese, the owner of Cafe Milano's in Georgetown, takes care of phone business. (Dudley M. Brooks/The Washington Post)

The alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador was rich with Hollywood-like details, down to the setting — a Washington restaurant crowded with power players.

Hmmm, where? Justice officials did not ID an eatery — and said there never was a specific restaurant. But they describe the suspect Mansour Arbabsiar allegedly talking with a DEA informant about bombing a restaurant Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir dines at regularly, and that he didn’t mind if bystanders died — including any U.S. senators in the vicinity.

Whoa, sounds like Café Milano!

The 49-year-old diplomat has been known to hang out at the Georgetown restaurant, a see-and-be-seen favorite for jet-setting types and A-list pols.

And Milano owner Franco Nuschese told us he hasn’t heard anything about the investigation. But yes, al-Jubeir “came in all the time,” though not as much since he was elevated to ambassador.

If he was unnerved by the story, Nuschese didn’t let on. “We cannot live in fear,” he said. “People come here because of who were are. We protect their privacy. They’re comfortable here because we have a certain feel.” Which means he won’t be installing metal detectors — that’s so not Milano. “But we are always alert.”

Read also: Iran terror plot reminds Washington of the old days of cloak and dagger, 10/12/11

Updated 11:10 p.m.

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