Most people in the restaurant industry are stuck at their jobs during Halloween, but that doesn’t stop them from showing a little holiday spirit. It’s time to pay tribute to the working-class heroes who wear costumes in the kitchen and on the floor.
Restaurants really get into the spirit around the DMV. Some started things off early, with parties and festivities over the weekend. Others will save their major activities for tonight. Still looking for plans? Check out Eater’s guide to Halloween-themed events around town.
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Indian fast-casual spot Rasa is offering half-off bowls to those in costume on Wednesday, October 31, in Navy Yard. Meanwhile, employees are sporting dinosaur attire all day.
In Mount Pleasant, a server at Ellē went the hippo route.
Pizza chain Matchbox really got into the spooky spirit, with employees sporting costumes at several area locations.
Over in Old Town, Fish Market’s staff celebrated with avocado, prison garb, and FBI outfits.
Also in Old Town, Bastille’s kitchen staff sprouted ears:
At Occidental Grill, bartender Frankie Jones grew fangs for the night.
Stop by for the dramatic “Web of Death” cocktail he’s stirring up tonight at the historic downtown restaurant (1475 Pennsylvania Avenue NW):
On Tuesday, October 30, staff at Dupont’s subterranean club Heist went all out for an industry party:
And Shaw’s Dacha Beer Garden transformed into “Dacha Fear Garden” for the holiday, with a “Night of the Gargoyle” Halloween party planned for Wednesday night with Stone Brewing beer and prizes for the best costumes.
Dupont’s McClellan’s Retreat, which is running with a Beetlejuice theme this month, also got in on the action behind the bar.
Maxwell in Shaw looks like it has a ... um ... pirate chef in jorts?
The “scarecrew” at Shaw ramen bar Chaplin’s will pour free champagne for guests in costume. Here are theirs: