Is Adams Morgan’s Mintwood Place about to get the Barack Obama seal of approval recently enjoyed by Taylor Gourmet? A crowd outside the restaurant right now thinks so, and the tent in front of the restaurant’s entrance and the heavy police presence suggest that something’s going on.

Eater D.C. notes that the blog Obama Foodorama reports that the president’s schedule has him enjoying a “date night” with Michelle Obama and the three winners of the “Dinner with Barack” contest at 6:15 p.m. at “a local restaurant.”

Police officers on the scene at 1813 Columbia Road NW declined to say what the hubbub was about, and calls to Mintwood Place and owner Saied Azali‘s other restaurant, Perry’s, were not answered.

An Obama visit would be a boon for Mintwood Place, a top contender in Adams Morgan’s mostly lacking fancy-dining market.

Photo and reporting by Jessica Sidman