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Signs of Capitol Hill normalcy: Burgers and booze pop back up at Linda’s — UPDATE

You can get cupcakes again. And pot? That has been essential. But we are also seeing other signs that Capitol Hill is snapping back to life — safely and maybe little more soberly — as COVID-19 infections slow and knowledge about the outbreak improves.

Down E Pine, Linda’s Tavern is back in business in a limited way. Its burger pop-ups started earlier this month with Thursday and Friday, 4 to 8 PM hours:

We’re ready for you today! Stop by from 4-8 and pick up one of our Margarita Kits or any of the other tasty snacks we’re offering today and tomorrow! Swipe left for our takeout menu and order in person, call us at (206) 325-1220, or head to the link in our bio to place your order through @tockhq

With takeout or delivery via Tock, you can do your best to recreate Linda’s dive good times in your own home. A Linda’s party via conference call? Go for it.

The menu includes a selection of Linda’s burgers, hot wings, plus onion rings, tots, fries, or, all three. On the booze end of things, you can buy beers by the bottle or can, or choose from a Linda’s worthy selection of “single” cocktail kits including margaritas and Rachel’s Ginger Beer mules. You also have to wonder if cocktail kits for 4 — $35 for the margarita set — might outlive COVID-19.

UPDATE: Adam Szafranski of The Derschang Group family of bars and restaurants tells CHS that there will also be Linda’s shirts and swag available for sale with all proceeds going to a fund set up to help the company’s workers. Szafranski said Linda’s brunch might also be a future pop-up option. The group’s Oddfellows is also doing limited service including Saturdays and Sundays with a brunch menu that Szafranski said could help inform what comes next at Linda’s. “Eggs are hard to do for takeout,” Szafranski said.

We’ve also added the Linda’s pop-ups to our CHS “To Go” restaurant listings.

Linda’s is located at 707 E Pine. You can learn more and order online here.


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Anastasia
Anastasia
11 months ago

Mixed feelings as with all of this. Wondering what I’ll recognize of Capitol Hill when I venture out. Hardest to see will be who and what is no longer here, places I’ll never be able to go. People I’ll never meet.

Poppin' in to the pop up
Poppin' in to the pop up
11 months ago

Go, Linda! Go! Good luck from a longtime fan.

Nope
Nope
11 months ago

That would be the $11 burger and $8 fries. Seems like the words recession and unemployment haven’t quite filtered through yet.

For those on a budget with kids Ivars is doing 50% off takeout. That shows some understanding of where we are at.

ChrisJ
ChrisJ
11 months ago
Reply to  Nope

Unlike with Ivar’s, this isn’t aimed at the general public so much as at her bar regulars. She’s trying to keep her business afloat, and if you like Linda’s bars and other places this is a way to help them survive the crisis. Think of the price as having a charity component, like overpaying for DVDs on PBS. If Linda’s isn’t personally significant to you, then yeah, $20 for a burger and fries is probably not your bag. That’s fine too.

christy
christy
11 months ago
Reply to  Nope

Just a heads up, the burger is $11 and comes with tater tots! Or you can upgrade to yuca fries or onion rings for a couple bucks.

Come on right
Come on right
11 months ago

Time to move past this nonsense shelter guidance and get back to a closer-to-normal way of life so that folks can work and we can begin recovery.

Very clear now that we took aggressive measures (the right call at the time) which have done what was needed to limit impact. We have data now that shows this whole thing wasn’t such a big deal (praise Jah). Let’s stop being scared and get back to business!

BlackSpectacles
BlackSpectacles
11 months ago
Reply to  Come on right

Yeah, not a big deal, let’s get back to business as usual…once you’re out there and things go sideways though, here’s a tip: bring some light into your body and inject some disinfectant, just to be safe…supposedly that’s how we should have treated this whole thing from day one…