Lawmakers Spend Heavily at Top D.C. Restaurants and Bars

Members of Congress spend heavily at D.C. hot spots.

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Kevin Thomsen, manager of the Dubliner, says that political clientele are just a part of the job. "Obviously there's excitement, but there's also regularity," Thomsen says of his notable customers, noting that Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley is also among the Dubliner's regulars. Catering to the legislative set is important to the staff at these bars and restaurants. Thomsen says that his staff works to put regulars at their favorite tables. Charlie Palmer Steak owner and chef Charlie Palmer concurs:"Our people are trained to know who's who, to know what they like and dislike, things like that."

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