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Women-Owned Distillery Invites USWNT to Party in D.C. Without Trump

Republic Restoratives wants to toast the Women’s World Cup winners

Megan Rapinoe, right, and U.S. teammates celebrate their Women’s World Cup victory Wednesday at a parade in New York.
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Distillery shoots its shot with champs

Megan Rapinoe and the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s soccer team were busy dancing, striking glorious poses, and delivering glorious speeches yesterday at a parade in New York, so they might not have noticed a social media invitation from Republic Restoratives, Ivy City’s women- and queer-owned distillery, to come have a drink in D.C.

Rapinoe is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. In a video clip tweeted out by Eight by Eight magazine in June, she said, “I’m not going to the fucking White House.” After Trump criticized her for speaking before winning the tournament, the pink-haired dynamo scored the most goals and was named the best player at the recent competition in France. Rapinoe and Co. are gaining widespread attention outside of the sports world with its fight for equal pay via a lawsuit with U.S. Soccer.

In her Twitter invitation to the team, Republic Restoratives co-owner Pia Carusone writes that “our team agrees with your captain’s assessment of a potential invite to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but we assure you that the District has much more to offer.” The distillery notably makes a Rodham Rye, a nod to Trump’s 2016 opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told AP the team has already accepted an invite to visit Congress. If goalie Ashlyn Harris’s nationally treasured Instagram stories are any indication, a visit to a distillery would fit right in line with the squad’s hard-partying style.

New dim sum in Rockville

A 400-seat Cantonese restaurant that serves dim sum every day at lunch is opening in Rockville this week. Washingtonian reports that China Garden, the former Rosslyn standby that opened in 1973 and changed hands in 2015, will welcome its first customers to its relocated home base (11333 Woodglen Drive) on Friday. [W]

Adobo delivery

A new Filipino delivery service started operating this week through Uber Eats, offering D.C. the chance to chow down on chicken or pork adobo, vegetarian vermicelli noodles, or sliced pork belly in coconut milk without leaving the house. Washington City Paper reports that Manila native Cliff Wharton is behind the business called Lasing Na Baboy, or “drunken pig.” [WCP]

Pub has a new name

The bar coming to the old Sixth Engine space outside of Mount Vernon Triangle has signs up showing off a new name. A Popville tipster sent in photos showing that the new owners, the team behind the Pub & the People in Bloomingdale, will call the new place Present Company Public House. [Popville]

Republic Restoratives Distillery and Craft Cocktail Bar

1369 New York Avenue Northeast, , DC 20002 (202) 733-3996 Visit Website