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Red Line tunnel between Metro Center and Gallery Place. Photo by Ben Schumin.
Red Line tunnel between Metro Center and Gallery Place. Photo by Ben Schumin.

Weekend Bus Bypass for Red Line Tunnel
Crews will be attempting to repair a leaking Metrorail tunnel for a few more weekends. The work has forced a weekend shutdown of the Red Line between the Grosvenor and Friendship Heights stations. Express buses will run between those stops while the Bethesda and Medical Center stations are closed. Additional buses will get riders to the neighborhoods normally served by the closed stations.

USA, Washington DC, Night skyline of city
USA, Washington DC, Night skyline of city

D.C. Ranks Low in Energy Costs
Finally, a category in which we’re one of the least expensive. The D.C. metropolitan area trails the pack when it comes to energy costs. Reported by WalletHub to have an average monthly energy bill of $219, the city came in 17th in cost of electricity and 39th in electricity consumption per customer. We were ranked 16th in cost of natural gas and 51st in motor fuel consumption per driver.

Small-Time Northeast Robber Apprehended
Earlier this month, D.C. police arrested a man responsible for five robberies in just over two weeks in the Northeast D.C. area, the Washington Post reported. Abdullah Malik Thomas was charged with five counts of armed robbery. Three of the robberies took place on the same Minnesota Avenue block and the others occurred at a Benning Road grocery store. Thomas’s biggest take was $659, but the average amount stolen was less than $200.

Gonzaga College High School.
Gonzaga College High School.

School-Placement Perk Over for D.C. Officials
A new regulation was signed by DC Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson late last month. WAMU reported that current and former D.C. officials will no longer be able to request school-placements for their children without going through the yearly admissions lottery. Last May, it became known that the son of Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney Snowden had been directly admitted to the highly competitive Capitol Hill Montessori School.

José Andrés Launches ThinkFoodLab

José Andrés.
José Andrés.

Celebrated chef José Andrés has launched a new test kitchen and pop-up space in Penn Quarter called ThinkFoodLab. The space will allow Andrés to test out an idea for a fast-casual food concept, get feedback from customers, tweak the menu, methods and presentation, then move on to the next idea. The new project comes on the heels of Andrés’s fast-casual concept Beefsteak, the motto of which is “Vegetables, Unleashed.”

New Executive Chef for 701
Ashok Bajaj of Knightsbridge Restaurant Group named Bryan Moscatello executive chef of 701 Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Moscatello brings 28 years of experience to his new position, having previously worked at restaurants in the Napa Valley, Aspen and Chicago. His additions to the menu at 701: American allium soup, blood-orange-glazed Spanish octopus and sunchoke tortellini.

701 Restaurant. Courtesy washington.org.
701 Restaurant. Courtesy washington.org.
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