No, seriously. This is straight from the City Tavern’s PR company. Dig it:
We regret to inform you that City Tavern Restaurant is temporarily closed due to the federal government shutdown. Concepts By Staib, Ltd has been authorized to serve the public at City Tavern by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, since 1994. The building and property are part of the National Park Service. As a concessionaire of the park, it is firmly stated that Concepts By Staib, Ltd, operated by Chef Walter Staib, is required to close during the federal shut down until further notice.
As soon as this is resolved, City Tavern will open and be fully operational. In the meantime, we apologize for your inconvenience. We regret this lapse in business and hope it is short lived. The entire staff of City Tavern is looking forward to being open and serving the public as soon as possible.
So let me get this straight. You’ve shut down NASA. You’ve shut down the Grand Canyon. You’ve shut down the CDC and the National Parks Service and furloughed pretty much everyone I know who works for the federal government (while still collecting paychecks yourselves, of course). And now you are limiting my ability to dress up in pantaloons and a ruffed collar and go drink tankards of beer in Old City with weird German tourists?
Not cool, Congress. Not cool…
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