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Cuba Libre to open in D.C.

The nuevo-Latin restaurant, which started in Old City in 2000, has a signed deal near the Verizon Center and the new convention center.

Cuba Libre, the lively Latin resto-club that started on Second Street in Old City in 2000 and branched to Atlantic City and Orlando, is adding an outpost in Washington, D.C.

Owners Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen confirm that they signed a lease in a U.S. Mint building at Ninth and H Streets NW, near the Verizon Center and Washington D.C.'s new convention center. The restaurant, under chef Guillermo Pernot, will feature soaring 20-foot ceilings and artful decor -- three-dimensional facades and theatrical construction.

Opening is up for spring 2010.

Stephen Starr also has expansionist plans for the Capital, where he itches to re-create Parc. Starr said today he was getting close to making a decision.