[from Joe Martin]
El Torogoz invites the neighborhood to stop by to sample free appetizers this Saturday afternoon from 2-6pm when it inaugurates its outdoor cafe service. Outdoor table service continues at regular cost until 11:30pm.
El Torogoz sits on 9th Street between Upshur and Varnum within sight of Georgia Avenue across from the Petworth Library.
The one hitch is that there is a delay in the liquor license for outdoor service. The restaurant's attorney hopes to iron that wrinkle out soon. (Has something to do with the licensing people defining El Torogoz as a garden cafe, whatever that means.)
Regular outdoor service hours will start up on Sunday at 11:30am to 11:30pm and continue through the warm months.
While 9th & Upshur isn't exactly Paris, it will be OUR little Paris, sorta. How about a tree box project here? And with ANC funds perhaps. All those in favor, say "Aye!"
My own little editorial comment: Won't it be nice to show the naysayers that there is such a thing as responsible drinking -- even in outdoor cafes? There is an unfortunate notion in some quarters that serving alcohol only contributes to delinquency. We saw this argument used against Domku as it moved towards opening in late 2004.
With the "cherry park" potluck Saturday afternoon on the edge of Grant Circle and this, what a nice start of spring in Petworth.