With the backdrop of Trump’s White House tumbling into chaos over its sloppy-secret ties to Russia, City Paper readers hashed out ethics and morality on the local level—over the political behavior of District bars and restaurants.
Is it funny to describe Corona beer on a menu as hailing from “South Of ‘The Wall’”? That’s what new bar Wet Dog did, as food editor Laura Hayes reported Feb. 13, though it insists it wasn’t political. @barredindc took the debate to readers in a Twitter poll asking, “Would you be more or less likely to go to a bar that describes @corona as being from “south of the wall’?” The results were comparable to D.C.’s voting behavior in the presidential election. Five percent voted more likely, and the rest voted less likely or “no difference.” Reader lichtmlm launched a Reddit thread with this question: “Why is this news? ‘Bar makes subtle joke on menu.’” But placeholder244 followed, “Well, fuck this bar in particular, then.”
The next day Hayes wrote about Chef José Andrés, who decided to close five of his restaurants this week to participate in the “A Day Without Immigrants” strike. His decision inspired a massive and instant flood of support from both residents and fellow restaurateurs, some of whom were quick to join the strike, pledging to close their establishments as well.
“Leaders. We need them now more than ever,” @ChefJus tweeted. “Lots of respect to Jose Andres and other chefs who are closing their restaurants,” @raceandfood echoed. And in the best summary of general reader response, @eatwithme75 wrote, “I APPLAUD THIS.”
Andrés, who describes himself as “an immigrant” in his Twitter profile, pulled his restaurant from Trump’s D.C. hotel months ago after the then-candidate insulted Mexican immigrants during the campaign.
On a lighter note, a teaser in our “Love & Lust” (Feb. 10) issue that would have left many churchgoers blushing (“The Unitarians want to prepare us all for hot sex”) was on the nose by Unitarian standards. “Yeah, we do,” tweeted @saskeah. “Another reason to love my religion,” Katie Traxel posted on Facebook. And from @Philocrites, the editor of UU World Magazine, “True.”