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Posted at 2:47 PM ET, 01/12/2009

Eats Before the Inauguration

By Julia Beizer

Eight days out and restaurant plans for the inauguration are still in flux. Transportation hassles are hindering both staffing and deliveries at locations near the parade route, but many nearby restaurants plan to open early for breakfast or extend lunch hours so you can eat after the parade. We gave you a shorter version of this list in November, but here's an updated rundown of what's open for eats.

For the record, the area of Penn Quarter shown in red on this map will be closed to the public between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. for a security sweep, according to Karyn LeBlanc of the D.C. Department of Transportation. Pedestrians cannot enter the area until after the sweep is complete.

First, some of the highlights:

"We're going crazy," said Spike Mendholson of Good Stuff Eatery. Starting at 7 a.m., the restaurant will offer special breakfast sandwiches to early birds. At lunch, it's offering a streamlined version of the menu -- to help the lunch line move faster -- and to-go bags for those on the move.

On the same block, Tune Inn will open at 6:30 a.m. for coffee service. Breakfast service starts at 7 a.m. and the booze starts flowing at 8 a.m.

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern, home of a shockingly good burger, opens at 8 a.m. on Inauguration Day. Chefs are working to develop a limited breakfast menu.

Proof could be a good bet for a more upscale meal. From 10 a.m. until 2:30 a.m., the restaurant offers a $75 buffet brunch that includes unlimited champage. The festivities will be shown on four flat-screens.

Jose Andres's restaurants are also getting in on the Inauguration action. Cafe Atlantico, Jaleo, Oyamel and Zaytinya open at 8 a.m. on Jan. 20 for brunch. During lunch and dinner service from January 19 through 22, the restaurants will offer three-course, fixed-price menus. The cost is $25 for lunch and $35 for dinner at Jaleo, Oyamel and Zaytinya. Cafe Atlantico's menu is $25 for lunch and $44 for dinner.

The following list is a sampling of other nearby restaurants that will be open on Jan. 20. The hours printed here are accurate as of today, but many restaurants are looking to expand operating hours.

Breakfast and Lunch
Art Gallery Bar and Grille (Open 24 hours a day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner [added to this list on Jan. 15]
Bistro Bis (Buffet and a la carte menus for breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m.; reservations recommended)
Co Co. Sala (Opens at 8 a.m.)
Ebenezers Coffeehouse (Opens at 8 a.m. The shop's deliveries have been suspended that day, so it won't serve lunch. Hot drinks and limited pastries will be available.)
Peregrine Espresso (Opens at 7 a.m. for breakfast: pastries, coffee and tea.)
Pete's Diner & Carryout (Opens at 5 a.m.)
Poste (Opens at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast. The bar will be open for food service during the break between lunch and dinner.)
Pour House (Opens at 9 a.m. Limited menu.)
Red Velvet Cupcakery (Applied for 24-hour permit; will be open from at least 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. if the 24-hour permit doesn't come through.)
Sonoma (Serving brunch from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Dinner to follow at 5) [added to this list on Jan. 19]
Tangysweet (Applied for 24-hour permit; will be open from at least 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. if the 24-hour permit doesn't come through.)
Teaism (Opens at 7:30 a.m.)
Tortilla Coast (Opens at 8 a.m.)

Just Lunch
Asia Nine (Opens at 11 a.m.)
B.L.T. Steak (Opens at 11:30 a.m.)
Bombay Club (Opens at 11:30 a.m., reservations currently available)
Ella's (Opens at 11 a.m., may open earlier)
Locanda (Opens at 11:30 a.m.)
La Loma (Opens at 11:30 a.m.)
Mio (Opens at 11:30 a.m.)
Mitsitam (Limited menu from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., full menu after 11 a.m.)
The Oval Room (Opens at 11:30 a.m., reservations currently available)
Rasika (Opens at 11:30 a.m., reservations currently available)
Rosa Mexicano (Opens at 11:30 a.m.)
Sonoma (Lunch reservations are filling up fast, but still available)
The Source (Opens at 11:30. Unlike a typical Tuesday, the bar will remain open between 2 and 5 p.m., serving the lounge menu and drinks.)

Update: A Map for Susan

For more info on Inauguration Day eats, check out our post about takeout options near the Mall and Barack Obama-themed cocktails.

-- Julia

By Julia Beizer  | January 12, 2009; 2:47 PM ET
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Dear Julie:

It would be super swell if you folks produced a map of the area with the locations of all these restaurants.

That will save visitors much time.


Susan T

Posted by: susan-thompson-md | January 13, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Susan, thanks for your note! I've added a link to one of the Going Out Guide's automatically generated maps. Keep paging through and you'll find every restaurant on this list.

I realize this may not be precisely what you had in mind, but hopefully it helps!

-- Julia

Posted by: Julia Beizer | January 13, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Any idea where to get coffee for those of us who are reporting for volunteer duty at 5 am?

Posted by: shells2611 | January 14, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

It won't be easy. The Penn Quarter spots can't open that early because of the sweep. On the Fly's locations on the mall (see update above) are probably your best bet.

Posted by: Julia Beizer | January 15, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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