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Sorry, folks, but my source has backtracked on his assertion that Eataly, the Mario Batali-backed Italian food hyper-emporium, is fixing to come to Philadelphia.

I'm now told an Italian concept similar to Eataly - restaurants and retail, run by a big-name restaurateur - is being pushed for the first floor of the former Strawbridge & Clothier building at Eighth and Market Streets. A second source with direct knowledge of the talks confirms as much.

Eataly is now actively seeking a location in D.C.