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The Nation’s First Signing Starbucks Has Arrived

Plus, Congress is getting a beer-fueled message this week

The reopened Starbucks location in the Atlas District spells out “Starbucks” in ASL.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

A sign of the times

Starbucks’ first U.S. Signing Store debuts in Tuesday, October 23, staffed by dozens of deaf and hard-of-hearing workers who are all proficient in American Sign Language (ASL). The existing Starbucks store at 6th and H Street NE, located steps from Gallaudet University, announced plans this summer to become the inaugural signing location. DCist maps out some of the changes implemented over the past few months, which included adding lower counter tops, low glare reflective surfaces, artwork by a deaf artist, and tablets for customer orders.

Beer and petition in one

Patchogue, New York’s Blue Point Brewing is delivering Congress a boatload of its new “Voters’ Day Off” beers — which double as signed petitions — on Wednesday, October 24. Blue Point’s point? To convince officials Election Day should be a federal holiday in order to get more voter turnout. Blue Point has been collecting signed cans from various events and their tasting room over the past few weeks, and the delivery will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Blue Point Brewing is delivering a sea of signed cans to Congress this week to petition for making Election Day a federal holiday.
Blue Point Brewing/official photo

Last call to drink pink for a cause

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, W Washington DC is offering a special patio menu with $1 from each elixir going to Georgetown Lombardi Capital Breast Care Center through the end of October. There’s a rosé sangria ($12) with Jim Beam bourbon, glasses of Chateau d’Esclans ($14), and Angry Orchard rosé ($7).

Cool news for Arlington

An ice cream chain born in Thailand is landing in Shirlington Village, reports ArlNow. I-CE-NY, which has since expanded to New York City and other U.S. cities, serves “smashed and rolled ice cream” with fruit, cookies and candy in the mix.