Category Archives: DC

New Brewpub, The Public Option, Won’t Take Your Tips

Librarian Bill Perry will open a brewpub called The Public Option at 1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE by late summer or early fall.

This brewpub, however, will be a little different from other brewpubs and restaurants around town: The waitstaff won’t accept tips. Instead, Perry says he plans to pay a “living wage” of at least $15 an hour. If anyone leaves money on the table, the staff will decide on a charity to donate it to, either weekly or monthly. The Public Option will have notes on the tables and on its website explaining its policy.

“We are uncomfortable with the dynamic that is created by tipping,” Perry says. “We may end up crashing and burning, but we’re going to give it a try.”

I hope this works – tipping is a crazy system.

When the Redskins made free agency splashes

As the great Dan Steinberg writes here, the idea that Washington should (let alone must) overpay for flashy free agents (and further mortgage their future in the hopes of ephemeral improvements) is laughable. I hope the team continues to disappoint the fans who cheered the signings of Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith (who I loved, for the record!), Albert “!%#$^” Haynesworth, and so many other big names whose poor performance and brutal salaries have hamstrung the team for over a decade. And I hope the rest of the free agency period plays out like day one, when the team’s biggest free agent signing was an offensive lineman I’ve never heard of.

For the record, I’ve probably cheered some of these dumb moves in the past, and every time another one happens I do my duty as a fan and talk myself into thinking maybe it’ll work out. Also, I loved Zorn (still kinda do). Also, I totally called Chris Cooley’s divorce!

The Perks of Cornering the Market

In D.C.’s restaurant scene, there are many players who have not one or two, but three or more restaurants and bars in the same neighborhood. Hilton brothers Ian and Eric have a mini-empire on the U Street corridor with recently opened Mexican beer garden El Rey, The Brixton, Den of Thieves, American Ice Company, and Satellite Room, among others. Josh Hahn is one of the principals of the EatWellDC team that have opened restaurants in Logan Circle before the restaurant boom there. Hahn’s team has The Commissary, Logan Tavern, and The Pig under the team’s growing restaurant portfolio. And Derek Brown is part of a team who has taken clustering to its logical conclusion after opening three places in 2013 — Eat the Rich, Mockingbird Hill, and Southern Efficiency — next door to each other.

Over the last decade these guys (yeah, they’re all guys…) have done a lot to build up the U Street/Logan/Shaw neighborhoods. Now taking bets on the next neighborhood to get a bar cluster… I’m thinking Petworth.

Washington Redskins nickname: Why Slate will stop referring to the NFL team as the Redskins.

This is the last Slate article that will refer to the Washington NFL team as the Redskins.

Glad to see another media powerhouse adopting the house style. I suppose it’s probably too much to ask but it would be really great if Jeff Bezos decided to make his first act as owner of the Washington Post a memorable one.

Wizards will ‘probably not’ return to Bullets

Based on reader feedback, most D.C. sports fans are opposed to a Redskins name change, and most D.C. sports fans would support a Wizards name change.

In other words, everybody wants to change the Wizards’ name because it’s kind of dumb, but nobody wants to change the football team’s name even though it’s a horribly offensive racial slur. 

Makes sense.

Rename the Washington Redskins

I suspect Dave Zirin’s open letter won’t change the owner’s mind any more than the previous dozens/hundreds/thousands of statements on the topic, but he’s right nonetheless. It’s past time for Dan Snyder to start thinking about the legacy he’s leaving.

The Racist Redskins – The Daily Beast

You’ve been reading about this name lately. More and more people are calling for the team to change it. There is legislation in Congress, based on the fact that under trademark legislation passed in 1946, a corporate “mark” can’t be disparaging of a people or group. Snyder says he’ll change the name approximately never (“and you can put that in all caps”). Most Americans, and most Redskins fans, agree with him. But all that shows is that those Americans and fans don’t know the history. Snyder, presumably, does. He should be ashamed.

This one pretty much says it all. Change the name.