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After a series of successes with American Cafe and Silver Diner, restaurateur Bob Giaimo is ready for a third act, returning to downtown D.C. with a new restaurant that he’s dubbed simply “Silver.”

“We call it American food evolution, which combines the best of American bistro food with the best of the diner,” Giaimo said.

This is a very progressive idea,” said Bill Miller, a restaurant broker and principal at Miller Walker Retail Real Estate, who’s working with the Silver concept. “These guys are crazy — everything that they find, they can improve to get a better quality of product.


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J. Alexander’s is shopping around DC to open up restaurants in the region.

Brokerage firm Miller Walker Retail Real Estate will be showing representatives from the company around town next week to look at potential locations for the restaurant. They’re interested in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Broker Bill Miller says the group is interested in the “usual suspects” when it comes to locations — the East End, downtown, Georgetown, Tysons Corner and Bethesda. “Mostly just great sites with a good lunch [crowd],” Miller said.

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Restaurant-starved Rosslyn is going to get a new coffeeshop.

Caffe Aficionado has signed a lease for 1919 N. Lynn St. in Rosslyn.

According to broker Alex Walker of Miller Walker Retail Real Estate, who leases the building, they’d like to get open by spring.

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When Barnes & Noble agreed to a one-year lease extension for its Union Station store last week, it wasn’t so much a reprieve for local lovers of books as it was for lovers of bookstores.

The chain had announced earlier in the week that it would close the store by year’s end — which to many in the retail trade did not come as a surprise.

“There’s going to be room for some book stores to be around, but the question for brick-and-mortar retailers, when they’re fighting against online [sales], is how many are there going to be in the region?” said Bill Miller, principal at Miller Walker Retail Real Estate.

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