Cheat-Seeking Missles

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Not Just Any Restaurant Closing

"Fran O'Brien's Loses Lease" is not a headline that would grab your attention, but you really should read this story, because it's about much more than you'd think:

For the past 2 1/2 years, O'Brien and business partner Hal Koster have made their thick steak dinners and a night of bottomless drinks one of the rites of passage for the [severely injured] soldiers [from Walter Reed hospital] who are steeling themselves for their postwar lives in wheelchairs or with prosthetic limbs.

They come to the subterranean restaurant, at the corner of 16th and L streets NW in the basement of the Capital Hilton, in volunteer's vans and trucks. They're carefully wheeled down the stairs or slowly negotiate the steps on crutches. It has become a tradition so beloved among veterans that Garry Trudeau featured the dinners in his Doonesbury comic strip.

hat-tip: memeorandum
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