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Lovers of the 47th Vice President of the United States: Listen up. The creators of the line-drawing Miracle on 7th Street and the Cherry Blossom pop-up are launching a Joe Biden themed pop-up on Tax Day inside Eat The Rich.The pop-up is in partnership with Dolcezza Gelato because Captain America lives for ice cream.
“After celebrating D.C.’s most famous flowers, it seems only fitting to turn our attention to another icon of our city,” says Drink Company’s Derek Brown. “Far from just a political figure, Joe Biden exudes a certain cool that translates perfectly into a pop-up bar. To quote the man himself, ‘This is a big f-ing deal!’”
Expect to sip tipples like “A Bunch of Malarkey” and a “Delaware Crush” surrounded by cardboard cut-outs of Biden and the magnanimous Dr. Jill. There will even be a more lifelike model of the Bidenator, and guests can pose for pictures with it because Madame Tussauds has generously agreed to loan out the former vice president’s wax figure. The one caveat is that customers are asked to keep anything with a flame away from the wax bust, including vape pens.
Move to the back of the punk rock oyster bar and you’ll find that it has been converted into an Amtrak café car. Everyone knows Biden’s favorite mode of transportation is the Northeast Regional. You may even spot, Biddy, Amtrak’s unofficial but beloved mascot hanging from the ceiling. That’s where customers can chow down on a new take on Capriotti’s “The Bobbie” sandwich with home-made turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo ($6).
The full food and drink menus are as follows:
COCKTAILS ($12 each)
“HOW DOES A TRAIN EAT? CHEW! CHEW!” – JOE BIDEN
Dark Rum, Fernet Menta, Creme De Cacao, and Dolcezza Indonesian Vanilla Bean Gelato served in a soda fountain milkshake glass with a cookie and friendship bracelet
THIS CUP OF JOE IS A BIG F!@#$ING DEAL
Redbreast 12 Year Cask Strength, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Luxardo Amaretto Saschira, Dolcezza Nitro Cold Brew, and Orange Zest Whipped Cream served in a Joe Biden mug
A BUNCH OF MALARKEY
Rye Whiskey, Activated Coconut Charcoal, White Port, Amontillado Sherry, Luxardo Maraschino, and Orange Bitters served with a bitter-covered dehydrated blood orange
THE MEDAL OF FREEDOM (WITH DISTINCTION)
Green Hat Gin, Manzanilla Sherry, Don Ciccio & Figli Finochetti, Salt, Lime, and Egg White garnished with a Corvette flag
Vodka, Bianco Vermouth, Dry Curacao, Orange, Lemon, Bitters, and Soda served in a mini Gatorade bottle over crushed ice with an Eagles green straw
Dolcezza Chocolate Gelato ($6)
“The Bobbie” with Home-Made Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing, and Mayo ($6)
Mezze Rigatoni with Fennel Sausage Ragu and Pecorino Romano ($14)
Note that the first 100 customers in line on opening day (April 18) will receive a pair of aviator sunglasses, and you can expect to see Biden’s number one fan, Erick M. Sanchez, working the door.
“After the Vice President’s office was kind enough not to leverage a restraining order for camping outside of the Naval Observatory last year, I walked aimlessly around Washington for opportunities to demonstrate my appreciation for Scranton’s finest export,” Sanchez says. He’s a local activist who has helped move along petitions like the one that encouraged Chef José Andrés to pull out of the Trump Hotel deal.
“I begged Angie [Fetherston] and Derek for this opportunity. They agreed begrudgingly, and I won’t let them down,” he continues. “I feel like I’m uniquely qualified to serve as the gatekeeper to this pop-up bar.”
Finally, those who bring a Delaware driver’s license, a ticket stub from an Eagles game, or a student ID card from Syracuse University will receive a secret souvenir.
The Joe Biden Bar will run from April 18 through Memorial Day. The hours will be Sunday-Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Friday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On whether or not Biden himself will make an appearance at the bar this spring, Brown and Fetherston aren’t optimistic. Why’s that?
Because APRIL #FakeBars FOOLS. (Observed).