Another Furloughed Night in Shutdown City

D.C. bars and eateries are embracing the shutdown with characteristic panache — and some amazing promos.

National Journal
Dustin Volz
Add to Briefcase
Dustin Volz
Oct. 3, 2013, 7:37 a.m.

We all learned what it’s like for Wash­ing­ton to turn in­to Shut­down City this week. The closed zoos and me­mori­als, hap­less tour­ists, and le­gions of “non­es­sen­tial” fed­er­al em­ploy­ees sud­denly with too much free time on their hands is as jar­ring as our earth­quake-rav­aged Wash­ing­ton Monu­ment.

To of­fer some res­pite for the lost souls of the fur­loughed, dozens of D.C. bars and eat­er­ies are do­ing what they do best: of­fer­ing up a smor­gas­bord of shut­down-themed food and drink deals that would make even the most jaded bur­eau­crat con­sider the up­sides of an un­paid va­ca­tion.

A free sand­wich at chef Jose An­dres’s es­tab­lish­ments from 3 to 5 p.m. for any pat­ron with a gov­ern­ment ID was one of the best food deals we spot­ted. The promo is good every day of the week un­til the fur­lough ends, and is even val­id for “to go” or­ders, though only three sand­wiches are fea­tured (flauta de ja­mon ser­rano at Ja­leo, the chick­en shawarma at Za­yt­inya, and torta pan­cita at Oy­amel).

“Ob­vi­ously not be­ing able to work is a tough thing in this city,” said Stephanie Sal­vador, a spokes­wo­man for An­dres’s chain of res­taur­ants. “This is An­dres’s way to provide a little something” to fur­loughed pat­rons.

Some joints don’t even care if you’re fur­loughed or not. “We’re try­ing to ap­pease the masses as much as we can,” said a work­er at Uni­on Pub, where $3 “shut it down” shots of whis­key are be­ing offered to gov­ern­ment work­ers and any­one else wish­ing to par­take in the fur­lough com­mis­er­a­tion.

Tor­tilla Coast, a Cap­it­ol Hill staple for in­terns and vet­er­ans alike (but mostly in­terns), is al­low­ing cus­tom­ers to start drown­ing their sor­rows with happy-hour spe­cials that be­gin at noon. Use your cred­it card to guzzle some $6 mar­gar­itas or $3.75 drafts and de­vour some $4 choice ap­pet­izers. The deal is also good at TC’s Dupont Circle loc­a­tion.

Kramer­books & Af­ter­words Cafe is of­fer­ing happy-hour spe­cials from open un­til close dur­ing the shut­down for any­one who walks in be­cause “we all suf­fer. Not just fed­er­al em­ploy­ees,” said Mark Kutcher, a man­ager at the ven­er­able D.C. in­sti­tu­tion. Every­one, that is, ex­cept law­makers, whom Kutcher some­what jok­ingly scape­goated. “If a con­gress­man or sen­at­or came to the bar and I re­cog­nized them, I would cer­tainly try to make them pay double,” Kutcher said.

Oth­er spe­cials were simply too gen­er­ous to last. Z-Bur­ger prom­ised free bur­gers to feds down on their luck, but the own­er reneged on the deal Wed­nes­day due to “over­whelm­ing crowds” that caused the res­taur­ant to hem­or­rhage cash to the tune of about $30,000 a day.Z-Bur­gers may no longer be free, but most oth­er deals are con­tinu­ing un­abated (ex­cept for 9:30 Club’s two-for-one “Af­ford­able Tick­et Act,” which we totally missed the boat on).

How long are these fur­lough free­bies and spe­cials go­ing to last? That’s as hard to pre­dict as the the shut­down it­self, and few store man­agers are will­ing to prof­fer a guess.”We really don’t know” how long the spe­cials will con­tin­ue, Kramer­books’ Kutcher said. “Nobody knows what the heck’s go­ing on up on the Hill.”

What We're Following See More »
SANS PROOF
NRA Chief: Leftist Protesters Are Paid
2 days ago
UPDATE
NEW TRAVEL BAN COMING SOON
Trump Still on Campaign Rhetoric
2 days ago
UPDATE
“WE’RE CHANGING IT”
Trump Rails On Obamacare
2 days ago
UPDATE

After spending a few minutes re-litigating the Democratic primary, Donald Trump turned his focus to Obamacare. “I inherited a mess, believe me. We also inherited a failed healthcare law that threatens our medical system with absolute and total catastrophe” he said. “I’ve been watching and nobody says it, but Obamacare doesn’t work.” He finished, "so we're going to repeal and replace Obamacare."

FAKE NEWS
Trump Goes After The Media
2 days ago
UPDATE

Donald Trump lobbed his first attack at the “dishonest media” about a minute into his speech, saying that the media would not appropriately cover the standing ovation that he received. “We are fighting the fake news,” he said, before doubling down on his previous claim that the press is “the enemy of the people." However, he made a distinction, saying that he doesn't think all media is the enemy, just the "fake news."

FBI TURNED DOWN REQUEST
Report: Trump Asked FBI to Deny Russia Stories
2 days ago
THE LATEST

"The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN. But a White House official said late Thursday that the request was only made after the FBI indicated to the White House it did not believe the reporting to be accurate."

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login