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Post-Inaugural Lunch Is Another Hot Ticket

Add one more to the list of things you might have to stand inextra-long lines for during inauguration weekend: tables at D.C. restaurants. Lunch reservations on Inauguration Day are already flying in, downtown hosts and hostesses are telling our Going Out Gurus:

"It's just the busiest week ever," said Nick Selimos, the maitre d' at The Monocle since 1974. "They have started calling already. I anticipate we'll be booked for both shifts."

The Monocle is one of few in the vicinity of the festivities that is actually taking reservations for Jan. 20. At this point, D'Acqua, Elephant and Castle, Charlie Palmer Steak and Old Ebbitt Grill are already booked through lunch. Cafe du Parc and 701 are booked throughout the day. TenPenh, Art and Soul and Central are among those considering and/or nailing down details for potential private parties and buyouts.

Guru Julia's recommendation: "If I were trying to make reservations for any of the available places nearby, I'd call to nail down a table -- and I'd do it now."

Read the full post on the Going Out Gurus blog.

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 25, 2008; 4:25 PM ET  | Category:  Food & Dining
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