January 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Nutcracker figurine stolen from Trio

(Blade photo by Michael Key)

This nutcracker figurine at Trio Restaurant (at 17th and Q streets, N.W.) had a twin that was stolen on New Year’s Eve. Trio owner George Mallios says the nutcrackers — which are about four feet tall and stood guard at the cash register during the holidays — have been part of the restaurant’s Christmas display for “about the last 10 or 15 years” and he would love to recover the missing statuette.

“We know it happened on New Year’s Eve,” Mallios says. “We didn’t call the police or anything. We just figure it was some kind of prank or dare or maybe a lark from somebody who had too much to drink. There’ll be no questions asked or anything. We just hope to have it returned.”

Anyone with information about the missing nutcracker should call the restaurant at 202-232-6305.

Trio is a family restaurant Mallios’ father started in 1950. Though not gay owned, it’s popular with gay patrons because of its 17th Street location.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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