Finally, some GOOD news from Inauguration 2017. WUSA 9's Nikki Burdine has the story about a local waitress who so impressed a trio of Republican “cowboys” visiting from West Texas that she scored a $450 gratuity on a $73 tab. The generous tippers also scrawled an inspirational message about there needing to be more kindness and unity in the world — a meditation that’s sure to resonate with Busboys and Poets founder Andy Shallal. [WUSA9]
A planned pre-holidays debut didn’t happen. But District Cuisine says Sospeso, a Mediterranean kitchen taking up residence at 1344 H. St. NE, wants to welcome everyone in within a few weeks. The latest scouting report includes reflections on a few sample dishes including a vegetarian stew, anchovy-stuffed fritters and roasted chicken. [DC]
McDonald’s is going back to basics in 2017. As part of the nostalgic turn the fast-food giant Thursday is expected to give away 10,000 “limited edition” bottles of its signature special sauce nationwide. Condiment junkies who want in the action will need to visit the golden arches at 1944 14th St. NW between noon and 2 p.m. and recite the slogan, “There’s a Big Mac for that,” to claim the relish-laced keepsake.
Steak frites purveyor Medium Rare may cross the river next year. ARLnow got word that the local chainlet could make itself at home in a new apartment complex at 3601 Fairfax Drive in Arlington, Va., in “early 2018.” [ARLnow]