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In the course of reporting this week’s Young & Hungry column on D.C.’s Lincoln eatery, I asked proprietor Alan Popovsky point-blank whether the curiously contemporary-yet-historical concept was just some massive ploy to lure President Obama, himself a noted Abraham Lincoln buff and arguably the best restaurant promoter in town these days, to come check out the place.

Popovsky strongly denied that suggestion and went so far as to say: “That restaurant will be there longer than Obama is in office, whether he gets elected for another four years or not.”

Despite the president’s habit of restaurant hopping, Obama has yet to visit Lincoln. But Popovsky namedrops a slew of other officials from the Obama administration who have paid a visit. “Pretty much everyone but [Obama] and his wife,” says Popovsky. “We’ve had his speechwriter, Jon Favreau. We’ve had the chairman of the [Federal Communications Commission]. We’ve had the director of the Department of Agriculture. We’ve had several high-ranking officials. But we have not have the president. No. If it happens, it happens.”

Photo by Darrow Montgomery