Nando's Peri Peri in D.C.'s Chinatown.

Nando's Peri Peri in D.C.'s Chinatown.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen D.C. area restaurants sort through a new series of ethical questions about what it means to do business in an intensely political atmosphere. One restaurant in Friendship Heights, Maggiano’s, apologized for hosting a white nationalist group. Meanwhile, Comet Ping Pong, a pizza joint in Chevy Chase, had to cope with online conspiracy theories made all too real when an armed man showed up during lunch service. With the inauguration just a few days away, we talk with a journalist and a restaurateur about how some of our favorite eateries are taking a stand or attempting to stay out of the fray.


  • Tim Carman Food Writer, The Washington Post
  • Erik Bruner-Yang Executive Chef and owner, Maketto, Honeycomb and the soon-to-open Brothers and Sister and Spoken English in the Line Hotel

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