The Rundown: Good Stuff, Thomas Pink, CNN and More

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Food: The Good Stuff Eatery may find a home in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and China. In an interview with EATER, owner Spike Mendelsohn stated that “serious” meetings had taken place with various developers from those regions. But Micheline Mendelsohn tells us nothing is solid as of yet. “We are nowhere near closing any deals or locations,” she added. Arlington-based Elevation Burger and NYC-based Shake Shack already have locations in the Middle East.

Retail: British luxury shirt specialist Thomas Pink has opened a new store in Tyson’s Galleria.

Retail: TopShop has opened a flagship store in Los-Angeles. More U.S. locations are rumored including one at CityCenter D.C.

Media: Michael Homes joins Newsroom International as co-anchor, effective 2/18.

Media: Journalism professor Jeff Jarvis scolds the BBC and anchor Adnan Nawaz for inciting “technopanic.”

Retail: If Apple can an open a store in New-York City’s Grand Central Station, how about a location at the soon-to-be vacant Barnes & Noble space at Union Station?

Photo Credit: Thomas Pink

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Just Give Us The Good Stuff

The burger renaissance shows no signs of slowing down. As consumers grow accustomed to paying a bit more for better food, service, and overall experience, they may find themselves responsible for laying the tombstone on the fast-food industry. Jumping on the growing trend, one of D.C.’s most-talked about restaurants hopes to replicate its success elsewhere and abroad.

The Good Stuff Eatery, a popular burger joint on Capitol Hill, plans to open in Philadelphia and Chicago with two additional D.C. locations already in the works. But Spike Mendelsohn and his family want to eventually give Europeans the good stuff treatment. Under the current four-year plan, Paris and London are on the radar as U.S. properties get further developed. “We’d ideally like to start in countries we are comfortable and familiar with and go from there,” says Micheline Mendelsohn. Chicago and Philly will be operated and owned the family, but overseas outposts could be managed through a “partnership.” Having travelled and lived in Europe, the Mendelsohns feel confident their concept will be embraced. “Our concept of farm fresh, hip and nostalgic food would do well there.” But the family wants to expand slowly to retain the high-level of brand integrity.

Photography Credit: The Good Stuff Eatery