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• DC-3: The partners behind Matchbox and Ted's Bulletin are preparing for the launch of their ode to the American hot dog, DC-3. I spoke to co-owner Drew Kim who says they hope to be serving a menu of around 15 regional hot dogs in a month or so at 423 Eighth St. SE. In addition to city-inspired dogs, the casual 20-seat joint will also do cotton candy and soft-serve yogurt. They're also working on a "frip" — a cross between a fry and a chip. I'm in whatever that may be. 

• Fiola: Since Maestro closed in the Ritz Tysons Corner and its superstar chef Fabio Trabocchi (pictured at left) departed for New York three years ago, DC food lovers have kept fingers crossed that he would return. Rumors have been swirling for some time that Trabocchi had his sights set on the former Le Paradou space at 678 Indiana Ave. NW. Tom Sietsema says the chef is finalizing plans today to take over the space to open Fiola, a more casual Italian concept than Maestro. Read more on Sietsema's dining chat, and chalk up a major win for DC's food scene.

• Galileo III: After legal woes that had some doubting whether his new restaurant would open, Italian chef Roberto Donna is officially back in action. His newest project, Galileo III, opened on Monday night at 600 14th St. NW. The menu, available on the website, looks pretty amazing. Chris Cunningham, who used to mix excellent cocktails at Dino, is behind the bar.

CoCo Sala has launched a new chocolate boutique next door, selling its creative flavors of artisanal chocolates.

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