WASHINGTON — Restaurants in D.C. are offering government employees deals on specialty food and drinks during the shutdown.
They offer $5 drink specials for thirsty patrons as early as 12:01 a.m. Dec. 22, when government funding officially ran out. Cocktails such as “Nothing Really Mattis” (Mad Dog 20/20 and Vodka) and “Mexico Will Pay for This” (Montezuma Blue tequila, orange juice and grenadine) are a part of the drink menu.
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Everyone can order the specialty drinks, but only those with a federal employee ID can enjoy the $5 deal.
Chef Jose Andres has also offered free sandwiches during lunch for government employees at each of his D.C. restaurants until they get paid again.
Carmine’s in Downtown D.C. will be offering a free order of meatball sliders for federal employees from 2-4 p.m. They will also have their happy hour menu available all day long at their bar for as long as the shutdown lasts. To top it off, they will have a “hard times cocktail” (Campari, bourbon, orange juice, simple syrup) available.
District Doughnut, with locations on 8th Street in Southeast, in Cady’s Alley in Georgetown and at The Wharf, is offering free coffee to federal workers with any purchase as long as the shutdown lasts.
Pennsylvania 6 (1350 Eye St. Northwest) is offering a special happy hour, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. while the shutdown lasts. The specials include $5 mixed drinks, a draft beer and a house wine.
City Winery, in Ivy City in Northeast DC, has $1 glasses of its own City Winery wines on tap. The deal is available for those who have a government ID.
Both the House and the Senate adjourned Dec. 21 without reaching a deal, guaranteeing a partial government shutdown.
It’s not just restaurants offering a reprieve to furloughed government workers.
And, while the Smithsonian museums are usually free, they’re currently running on money they already have, and will close Jan. 2 if a deal reopening the government isn’t reached. But the Woodrow Wilson House, on S Street in Northwest, which usually closes for January, has decided to stay open (except Mondays), with free admission for federal workers. The National Building Museum , at 401 F St. Northwest, and President Lincoln’s Cottage, at 140 Rock Creek Church Rd. Northwest, have the same deal.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington said that federal employees and their families may come in for free from until Jan. 1, 2019, by showing a federal ID card.
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