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Are you considering eating out this Thanksgiving? Ever wonder what that’s meant for restaurant workers? Well City Paper’s Laura Hayes is asking.     

“If you dine out on Thanksgiving, does it signal to more and more restaurant owners that they too should open so as to not miss out on business at the expense of pulling cooks, servers, and bartenders away from time with friends and family?” writes Hayes. 

Chefs and servers have a lot of thoughts on the matter. They run the gamut, from the promise of good pay to feeling disconnected from the holiday.     

If you’re looking to eat out on Thanksgiving, consider this your guide. Hayes covers the options, the cultural and economic meanings of dinner out on a holiday, and etiquette advice for diners. Personally, City Desk feels just slightly guilty for booking a reservation for later this month. But mostly, it’s capitalism’s fault.—Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

CITY DESK, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • Park Police officers who fatally shot unarmed driver Bijan Ghaisar nine times will not be charged, Justice Department says. [DCist]  

  • The city is about to get its first-ever union at a charter school. [WAMU]

  • Charters call on the mayor to release empty buildings for new schools. Meanwhile, DCPS staff push back on charters that cite waitlists as the problem. [Twitter, Twitter]

  • Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony played while fancy-pants Federalists Society members waited in line for a gala in D.C. where Brett Kavanaugh would speak. [Twitter, NPR]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans asked for stock in a digital sign company despite potential conflict. [Post]

  • A thread featuring snippets of Evans’ interviews with investigators. [Twitter]

  • Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray, who’s a deciding vote for Evans’ discipline, is on Kojo today. [Twitter]

  • Taxpayers paid for Mayor Muriel Bowser and (some) friends to travel to Ethiopia where there is now a street named after her. [Post]

  • Local progressive groups make endorsements in D.C. Council races. [DC Line]

  • ICYMI: Alleged contract malfeasance in a $13 million deal to modernize D.C.’s unemployment insurance system. [WCP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Local distillery Jos. A. Magnus is suing a Scottish whiskey maker over trademark infringement. [WCP]

  • Critic Tom Sietsema tries newcomer Nina May. [Post]

  • How does DC Brau’s spiked seltzer compare with national brands? [Washingtonian]

  • Gerrard Street Kitchen is the new restaurant coming to The Darcy Hotel. [WBJ]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Go inside the mind of Nekisha Durrett, acclaimed local artist of large-scale work. [WCP]

  • Local author Christine Platt talks about publishing 13 books in 2020. [WCP]

  • This Virginia politician is looking to inspire the next generation with a children’s book about powerful women. [Washingtonian]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Caps have started to let players choose their own goal songs at Capital One Arena this season. A highlight: Evgeny Kuznetsov is going with “Get Low” by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz even though he doesn’t “understand half the song.” [Post]

  • Two teams that have combined three wins this season will meet when the Washington football team faces off against the 2-7 New York Jets this Sunday. [Hogs Haven]

  • The Wizards’ road trip continues with a matchup tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team that beat them by 22 points earlier this month. [NBC Sports Washington]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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