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Batali’s Eataly may be close to securing a D.C. location

Could Washington become the next outpost for Mario Batali's Eataly? (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

Jonathan O’Connell reports in Capital Business that Eataly’s local retail agent has narrowed down the search to “three or four locations,” all in the District.

“The most in-demand concept that I have ever seen is Eataly,” said Michael R. Zacharia, senior vice president of retail services for CBRE, who is heading the search in Washington. “I’ve never seen developers clamor for anything like Eataly.”

Zacharia wouldn’t name any of the locations to O’Connell, but that can’t stop us from guessing. Zacharia noted that Eataly needs 60,000 square feet as well as a location that attracts locals and tourists alike. There’s apparently a desire for a rooftop brew pub, too.

View Photo Gallery: Celebrity chefs have been busy in and around the D.C. restaurant scene while gaining national recognition on television.

I venture that the recent shenanigans at the Shops at Georgetown Park signal something big — like making room for the Italian-themed Eataly, with all its markets and restaurants.

What’s your best guess?

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.

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