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Eyewear brand Warby Parker on Tuesday said it has filed confidentially to go public, although a source says the company hasn't decided whether to do so via an IPO or direct listing.

Why it matters: Warby Parker is one of the earliest direct-to-consumer online sellers, although it has since expanded into physical locations. The company was most recently valued at $3 billion by venture capitalists.

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Warby Parker goes public with a $6 billion valuation

People outside the NYSE as Warby Parker goes public. Photo: Spencer Platt via Getty Images

Eyeglass brand Warby Parker is public — with a $6 billion valuation to match, twice what it was worth during its last fundraising round as a private company.

Why it matters: It’s the latest in a slew of direct-to-consumer companies testing investor appetite.

Nashville plans to extend sidewalk dining program

Cafe Roze, one of the Nashville restaurants that got a permit for sidewalk dining. Photo: Adam Tamburin/Axios

Metro Councilmember Sean Parker plans to extend an expiring permit program that cuts bureaucratic red tape and allows restaurants and bars to offer more outdoor dining.

Why it matters: More diners than ever wanted to eat outdoors due to the pandemic. But despite Nashville's warm weather, many restaurants were scrambling to add outdoor seats.

  • Parker's 2020 legislation sought to make it easier on those bars and restaurants. The new law, which passed unanimously, allows permitted restaurants to add tables on sidewalks and parking lots in the public right-of-way, as long as they don't violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Parker's bill also eliminated permit fees and made it easier for restaurants to convert private parking spots to outdoor dining tables.

Swastikas found outside Union Station in Washington, D.C.

People walk through Union Station on Jan. 16 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Drawings of swastikas appeared etched around the entrance to Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning.

Driving the news: "An investigation is underway with Amtrak Police and the Metropolitan Police Department after swastikas were reported on the exterior of Washington Union Station on Friday," Amtrak spokesperson Kimberly Woods said in a statement to Axios.