Hi, CityEaters! It’s such a nice day outside that I’m going to get right to the news so I can make it to happy hour.
- You’d think the President never ate the way the public reacts when he makes it out to a restaurant in DC. This week, however, President Obama made his way to local darling Taylor Gourmet. The hoagie hawkers entertained the leader of the free world himself, under heavy cover and security, over a turkey sandwich. While the visit was made under the auspices of a small business roundtable co-owner Casey Patten was pretty happy with how things went.
- Free wi-fi and coffee shop squatters (she says as she squats at Filter Coffeehouse, Dupont) seem to be at odds once again in this week’s Young & Hungry feature. Must coffee shops offer free wifi? What kind of a financial hit do they take as folks linger, laptops in tow? (Approximately $10 an hour according to Joel Finkelstein of Qualia Coffee.) Then Filter Coffeehouse opened their Foggy Bottom outpost and straight up banned laptops! Will Filter start a revolution and restore coffeehouses to their conversational, communal origins? Only time will tell. We might need a beer summit (held at Chinatown Coffee Company, of course) to resolve this dispute.
- The food libertarian of recent Washington City Paper fame resurfaced this week in defense of food trucks. Taking on the RAMW’s arguments one at a time, Baylen Linnekin made a case for supporting the trucks that have become so popular that even Jose Andres has one. Linnekin added: ”…squeezing food trucks into designated parking spaces would limit choice and stifle entrepreneurship — which drives everything from jobs to culinary trends — while providing the public with no benefits whatsoever. If that happens, brick-and-mortar restaurants and food trucks would both lose. And the District’s dining scene — and its taxpayers — would be left smarting.”
- If that’s not enough food-related drama for one week, I don’t know what is folks! Cheers to another gorgeous weekend – and to this year’s local Tales of the Cocktail nominees, Derek Brown and WaPo’s Jason Wilson.