[QUOTE=Trent Steele]the place is kinda loud, smells like a dank ciggy-ridden bar (which it is) QUOTE]
Ahhh...just my kind of place.
As for B&P, it's the atmosphere and the prices that bug me, and also what it really means for the neighborhood (IMO). I like the "idea," but fall on that side of the debate that's swirled since its opening that it's more of a contributor to the gentrification of U Street than it is anything else. Service is spotty at best, but that aside, I don't see how (for example) $10 shots of whiskey (literally) will draw in the community activists, "every" person, and diverse clientele to whom B&P claims
appeal. Overall, I don't like the new mod feel of the place. The furniture, the fixtures, etc--it all contributes to yet another bourgey joint, trying to be something it's not. I will give props to the bookstore though--very good selection.
And I'll second your motion for Food for Thought's hours!
So I gotta know...you fight with vegans? Do tell.