Just one year after opening at a location in Rosslyn, the owners of Sholl's Cafeteria want to sell the business. The plan came to light when they sued their landlord in an attempt to force the transfer of the lease to the prospective new owners.

Sholl's opened on the ground floor of an office building at 1725 N. Lynn St. after losing a longtime downtown Washington location at Vermont Avenue and K Street NW because of a building renovation. The owners "went into a hole" financially to make the move and, according to one of them, are suffering cash-flow problems in administering the estate of the cafeteria's founder, Evan Sholl.

My colleague, Nancy Scannell, quoted George Fleishell, a Sholl nephew and manager at Rosslyn, as saying the cafeteria would "stay operating the way it is now," name and all, under new owners Chae Son Yi and his wife, Suk Chae, and that the Sholls would stay on during a transitional period. Fleishell said the Rosslyn operation does a thriving lunch business, but less than hoped for at breakfast and dinnertime. He said another Sholl's at 1990 K St. NW will continue under family ownership.

The lawsuit, filed in Arlington Circuit Court, contends the landlord, a New York investor, has unreasonably withheld approval for reassigning the lease, which runs through 1997. A King in U.S. History

I read two wire service accounts from Seattle yesterday that dealt with the man for whom Washington state's King County originally was named -- William Rufus DeVane King, a preeminent politician and diplomat of his pre-Civil War era.

One account called King a candidate for vice president. The other said he was elected vice president but never took office. The strange truth, noted by my history-minded colleague Richard Homan, is that he was elected in 1852 as a Democrat on the ticket headed by Franklin Pierce and was vice president for only 45 days without ever, during that period, being in Washington.

King at 24 had been the youngest member of the House of Representatives, from North Carolina, even though the Constitution mandates a minimum age of 25. Later he was a senator from Alabama.

After his election to the vice presidency he became seriously ill and, hoping to recuperate, went to Cuba. There, by special act of Congress, he was permitted to take his oath of office on March 4, 1853 -- the only offshore oathtaking by a president or vice president in the nation's history. He then returned to his plantation near Selma, Ala., where he died on April 18.

Perhaps his greatest governmental feat was, as President James K. Polk's minister to France, persuading the French to drop their opposition to the United States' annexation of Texas.