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New Menu of Silver Diner? AT&T, Selling McLean's White House

The McLean Ear Hears . . . And Tells

---New Menu for Silver Diner?  The Ear ran into McLean neighbor Bob Giaimo, founder, president and CEO of Silver Diner, at his Tysons Corner restaurant last week. He and the executive chef were holding a staff meeting on a new menu. Giaimo lives on Brook Road.

---AT&T Improves Services, Still Needs Cell Tower. AT&T sent us a press release Friday pm saying," Customers in northern Virginia are expected to experience improved mobile broadband and voice performance as a result of continued investment and innovation by AT&T."

The press release listed McLean as one of places with the improved service. Ah, The Ear thought --- they  no longer need the they want to build in the front yard of New Life Church at  Kirby Road and Westmoreland Street.

Alas, AT&T tells us they still need the proposed tower. They plan to disguise it as a r.

---The White House in McLean. There's a replica of THE White House in McLean.  The house at 1111 Towlston Rd is now for sale for $4.6 million. The assessed value: $2.3 million. Sits on 1.6 acres

This is what the real estate ad says: White House replica 12,000+ SF of Presidential living w/ Oval Room, Lincoln/State Rooms, Truman Balcony, 22 skylights, Sauna; Home Theatre, Library, Gym room, Wine Cellar. No mention of a Situation Room or underground bunker. Built in 1995.

According to a WUSA report: In the 1970s, the owner was studying engineering and philosophy in New Zealand.  When his studies were over, it was 1975 and he could not go back to his home in Vietnam because of the war.  American took him in as a refugee.  He quickly grew to love his new country. When he found success, he decided to build his own White House as a tribute to his adopted homeland.

The real White House: Located in the center of Washington, D.C. at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Cornerstone laid in 1792 by George Washington.

  • There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.
  • Sits on 18-acres. Guarded by the U.S. Secret Service and a large, high fence.
  • Home of 44 presidents of the United States.

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