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


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


Previewing Yo! Union Station

If you’ve got the curiosity bug and are interested in what may be in the works behind the construction facade at Yo! Sushi, check out this link. Philip Watts Design, a British interior design firm, has been concocting groovy design schemes for several U.K. outlets. Mr. Watts and his team are also working on the two locations set for D.C. Enjoy!

Union Station Pret A Manger Opening Soon

The D.C. Internationalist heard from Pret’s PR firm regarding an opening date for their newest location at Union Station. The company is shooting for a mid-December opening and the exact date will be revealed shortly. This will be Pret’s fourth location in the nation’s capital.

Our friends in the north – New York City – will get the ultimate treatment. Pret has announced three new locations (2 downtown, 1 midtown) all marked with “coming soon” banners online. After an initial stumble, it looks like Julian Metcalfe (Pret founder) and Clive Schlee (Pret CEO) have finally figured what makes us Yanks happy.

Confirmed: Pret A Manger Rolls Into Union Station

Pret A Manger, the U.K. sandwich chain, is expanding in town. Prince of Petworth is reporting that a new location is opening at Union Station. We reached out to their PR firm for confirmation. Below is their response.

“The signage doesn’t lie – Pret is coming to Union Station, the store’s open date is still TBD but they’re very excited to be opening in such a popular spot.”

Union Station is doing a fantastic job of attracting premium food companies – Chop’t Salad Company, Chipotle, Yo! Sushi, Roti, and now Pret. Reminds us of the great dining variety presented to travellers at Gard Du Nord and St. Pancras Stations in Paris and London respectively.