Television crews were hanging around Connecticut and L streets and at Duke Zeibert's restaurant, hoping that Mikhail Gorbachev, seeing the lunchtime crowds, would again stop at the busy intersection to shake a few hands and wave at Duke Zeibert. He did that the last time he was here for the summit, when Zeibert, shouting from his terrace, invited Gorbachev up for pickles and chicken in the pot. This time, the Soviet president rolled by the intersection on his way back to the White House without stopping. The restaurant was filled, however, with some of the usual and not-so-usual customers: night talker Larry King and day talker Phil Donahue; Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke and his new wife, Marlen Ramallo Chalmers; former Democratic National Committee chairmen John White and Bob Strauss; former White House press secretary Jody Powell; and former senator John Culver.

Duke was relating that he had a phone call from someone at the Soviet Embassy who wanted to know if he would be interested in opening a Duke Zeibert's in Moscow. Duke said he was interested and would make certain Gorbachev always got the best table, not too close to the table he would give Boris Yeltsin. Zeibert's daughter-in-law Audrey did phone the embassy to invite Gorbachev for what Duke termed a typical American meal -- chicken in the pot. Oh sure, chicken in the pot with matzo balls is what everyone eats in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Out and About Zeibert may not have lined up the Gorbachevs for lunch, but several members of the Soviet delegation, headed by Gen. Igor Nikolayevich Rodionov, showed up for lunch yesterday at Phillips Flagship restaurant on the Washington waterfront, a restaurant that is usually the choice of the tour bus crowd. The Soviets were there with several members of the U.S. delegation. Lunch was crab soup and a seafood platter featuring broiled shrimp, scallops, fish and crab imperial ...

In Steven Emerson and Brian Duffy's book "The Fall of Pan Am 103: Inside the Lockerbie Investigation," master terrorist Ahmed Jibril is identified as the architect of the bombing of Pan American Flight 103. Emerson was concerned yesterday when word came to him that Jibril was demanding a copy of the book, which was published last month. Emerson is mailing a copy to Jibril's Paris contact and has inscribed it, "In the interest of truth and justice." But just to be on the safe side, Emerson is sending the copy without the dust jacket, which contains pictures of the authors ...

In the annual collection of honorary degrees, the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, continues his hold on the world record. Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, he added his 121st honorary degree, this one from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., Sunday. In 1982 he passed Herbert Hoover's record of 89 ...

There's competition for the Capitol Steps in the political/social satire arena. There's increasing talk about the Montana Logging and Ballet Company, a group of four musicians out of Montana who perform only at benefits. The group, in town tomorrow for a benefit concert for Grandma's House for children with AIDS at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, offers an apt rhyme for this week: " 'Don't seek Lithuania to be a state independent and free,' asked Mikhail of George Bush. 'I'll grant your wish if you don't ask the same of D.C.' " ...