Here's an amusing trend that's emerged during all the shutdown craziness. Some restaurants are offering deals to furloughed government workers (or even just to frustrated customers outside of the public sphere). But others are taking things a step further and denying those deals to Congress — or even suggesting that lawmakers who patronize their places will be charged extra for their antics. Are such policies legally enforceable? Probably not, but they're still funny. Here's a map on places Congress members should probably avoid right now — Eater will add to it if any other restaurants get in on the rage. And don't worry, John Boehner or Harry Reid. At least you have Carmine's offering to give you a free private room rental to work out your differences.Read More
Here's Where Congress Is NOT Welcome this Week
Government workers get a free pizza at Range during the shutdown. But as Chef Bryan Voltaggio says on Twitter, "Members of congress not eligible until you get your shit together."
2. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
It's Happy Hour prices all day at the Kramerbooks cafe (in the bar only) — but members of Congress pay double.
3. The Daily Dish
Free cups of coffee for government workers at Daily Dish - but Congress pays double.
4. Pork Barrel BBQ
Congressmen are excluded from the free pulled pork sandwiches given to government employees at Pork Barrel BBQ.
It's two for one drinks at Dino restaurant during the shutdown, as well as a free dessert (both with a government ID). Republican members of Congress, though, are exempt.
6. Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
A Sonoma bartender told Buzzfeed he plans to charge Congress $25 and President Obama $702 for a beer if they show up.