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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Tito’s Diner going into former 5 & Diner space in Central Park

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Tito’s Diner has signed a lease to open a restaurant at the former site of the 5 & Diner at 1695 Carl D. Silver Parkway in Fredericksburg’s Central Park, according to Sheryl Simeck, spokeswoman for Central Park landlord The Rappaport Cos. She said Tito’s Diner is a new concept from a group that owned Barnside Diner in Alexandria.

Full disclosure: I gleaned this “scoop” from the excellent new quarterly newsletter put out by Fredericksburg’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism. Click here to read the newsletter.

I also learned from this newsletter that the U.S. General Services Administration, effective Oct. 1, raised the per diem lodging rate for Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County from $78 to $89. That’s the maximum nightly rate that travelers to the area on federal business can be reimbursed for lodging. The city and Spotsylvania are now grouped with Stafford County, which used to be grouped with Prince William County. The per diem rate for both Stafford and Prince William dropped slightly this year. The Fredericksburg-area hotel industry considers the reimbursement rate to be important, since there is a good deal of federal travel in the region. The higher reimbursement rate for travelers makes it easier for hotels to charge higher nightly rates. Click here for the GSA rates. The GSA’s standard reimbursement rate for localities not broken out separately is $77 this year.

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