Obama Overload? Try Biden Brunches
Call it a case of counter-programming.
While most everyone else is caught up in Obama-mania, Nage restaurant is honoring Veep-elect Joseph Biden, the senator from Delaware who has almost been lost in the inaugural shuffle.
For the first three Sundays in January (and the Wednesday after the Inaugural), Nage will be playing host to "Biden Brunches," featuring an impersonator and a menu with special Delaware-inspired dishes, including: Sussex County Pun’kin Chuckin Pancakes, meant as a tribute to the Delaware tradition of “chucking” pumpkins across a field; the Southern Delaware Style Chicken in a Blanket; and the Northern Delaware Scrapple and Tater Tot Hash with Fried Eggs.
So what's with all the Biden-worship? Turns out, Nage owners Josh Grapski, 34, and Kevin Reading, 48, who is also the executive chef, met in Delaware and opened their first Nage franchise in Rehoboth five years ago. They opened their second franchise here at 1600 Scott Circle three years ago.
Grapski said that Biden is so popular in Delaware that after Obama selected Biden as his running mate, billboards in the state featured only pictures of the No. 2 man on the ticket.
"It was, 'Biden November 4th,'" Grapski said. "There was not a thing about Obama. That’s how big a deal he is to that state. That's where we got the idea from. In Delaware, Biden is the real ticket. We just wanted to push our guy."
And, yes, there apparently is a market for Biden impersonators. Or at least Grapski hopes.
"My general manager is talking to a couple different impersonation people," he said. "We haven’t found one yet."
David A Nakamura
December 16, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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