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Capital buzz

"It looks like his total pay will be around $9 million a year," said Aaron Boyd, head of research at Equilar, an executive compensation research firm.


* VillageVines, the online company that offers $30 off your entire bill, including alcohol, at high-end restaurants, is pushing into the Washington market. The New York company, founded by a pair of Georgetown grads, has signed the Prime Rib, Bistro Bis, Sam & Harry's and Vidalia. There are no coupons; rather the discount is discreetly removed from the bill. Already VillageVines said it is driving $1 million of incremental revenue each month to restaurants in the District. Restaurants partner with VillageVines to fill a limited number of tables that they expect may otherwise go empty.

* Jon Bernthal, 34, son of Eric L. Bernthal, managing partner of Latham & Watkins's Washington office, is a star of "The Walking Dead," the new AMC series about humans vs. zombies. Jon Bernthal, raised in the District, studied theater in Moscow, where he also played professional baseball in the European professional baseball federation. The Sidwell Friends graduate has performed leading roles in two prime-time network series and has appeared in many movies, including "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (he played Al Capone) and Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer." He is currently filming "Rampart," a story about a Los Angeles police scandal, starring Woody Harrelson and Sigourney Weaver. He lives in Venice, Calif., with his dogs, Bogs and Venice. Both dogs (which are perfectly trained, sweet pit bulls) will make their movie debuts in "Rampart."

* FroZenYo, a self-serve frozen yogurt chainlet with stores at Metro Center, Columbia Heights and Friendship Heights, has signed a lease for a 1,400-square-foot Silver Spring store across from Whole Foods at 935 Ellsworth Dr. It opens in the spring. FroZenYo opens its Cleveland Park store across from the National Zoo on Dec. 10.

* Tammy Darvish, vice president of the Silver Spring-based Darcars Automotive Group, bought 800 shares of General Motors stock when it went public last week. GM employees and retirees, along with dealers, had the right to buy up to 800 shares of the new company at the initial price. Darvish, whose father John founded Darcars, one of the largest dealership groups in the country, said she bought "because I felt like it was something I could do to support GM. Let's face it, 800 shares of GM stock is not exactly a 401(k)."

* George Washington University student Stephen Pasinski, 19, won the undergraduate category in the "Business Plan Elevator Pitch Competition" at GWU's School of Business earlier this month. Pasinski's idea was Dog Drinks, flavored beverages for dogs that are also fortified with vitamins and minerals. The drinks would come in portable plastic bowls.

And what's Pasinski doing with his $2,000 first prize?

"First thing . . . buying some food cause my meal plan is out."

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