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Muriel Bowser Celebrated Her Mayoral Win at a U Street Beer Hall

Franklin Hall has a spacious bar near U Street Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Mayoral toast

When Washington’s democratic mayor Muriel Bowser celebrated her re-election last night, she had the option of toasting her success with any one of the 24 rotating drafts at Franklin Hall. Washington City Paper reported that Bowser’s team had set up a watch party for the mayor at the sprawling beer hall in the U Street NW corridor equipped with massive projection monitors often utilized to screen sports. The Washington Post reports that Bowser, who is the first D.C. mayor to win re-election since 2002, gave her victory speech at Franklin Hall.

In solidly blue Washington, Bowser’s win was a given after she survived the democratic primary. She took a loss on another front, however, when her preferred D.C. Council candidate, independent Dionne Reeder, failed to unseat independent incumbent Elissa Silverman. The Post reported in October that Reeder had a falling out with Jauhar Abraham, who brought her in as a business parter in the Anacostia restaurant Cheers at the Big Chair, after Abraham had criticized Bowser for her close relationship with developers. According to the Post, Abraham said Bowser was “sitting around with all these white dudes popping champagne.”

If the site of her watch party is any indication, the mayor prefers beer. [WCP; WaPo]

Breakfast for dinner

Slim’s Diner, Petworth’s place for omelettes and pie served with a slice of nostalgia, has brought back dinner service with a limited menu. Washington City Paper reports that ownership has “righted the ship” and is now accepting customers from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays in addition to the daily diner hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dinner menu features a meat and three section as well as burgers and breakfast. Slim’s slashed its dinner and late-night hours in May 2017. [WCP]

Coffee complex

A Popville reader points out that the development at 655 New York Avenue NW in Mount Vernon Square has plans to add a Compass Coffee and a Rumi’s Kitchen. The latter shares a name with a Georgia-based Persian brand that Eater Atlanta lists as one of its top 12 places to eat Middle Eastern food. [Popville]

New option in Pentagon City

Aabee Express, a Mediterranean take-out spot that also offers grab-and-go service, has opened in Pentagon Row. ARLnow shares the news release that points to a menu full of healthy options and heavy on kabobs and Persian platters. [ARLnow]

Fun with Padma

When pressed into picking his favorite “Top Chef” judge, District-based private caterer Eric Adjepong chose Padma Lakshmi. Adjepong, who was tabbed for the show’s 16th season, tells Washingtonian in a Q&A that “Padma’s just like your aunt, legit.” [Washingtonian]

“Padma’s like an old auntie. I love that about her. She’s so relatable. She’s so down to earth. She is a very, very sweet and humbling person to be around.”

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