Thanks for all the good reader input re possible venues for our meet-up in DC next Tuesday, March 18, at 6:00 PM. Based on the responses, I think we’ll have at least 15 people, and it could be as many as 30.
But input is not a decision! So here are the criteria:
1. Not noisy. People need to be able to converse
2. Needs to have mingling room. All sit down is no good. But some people will probably want to eat, or rest their feet, or get a nosh, so some tables would be fine
3. Needs to be not pricey. Some of our readers are public servants who are severely underpaid, and I don’t want to be inconsiderate of their budgets. Sadly I think that rules out Vidalia, which otherwise seemed like a good choice
4. Does not need to be all that close to my hotel (Capital Hilton). It’s more important that the venue be good and not far from the hotel
5. Does not need to be fancy, but would be nice if the food is at least palatable
The idea that got the most mentions aside from Vidalia is P.J. Clarke. Another suggestion that might be a fit is Veranda.
Can you guys please duke it out in comments? One of my conditions of the event was that someone(s) local would need to pick a venue!
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