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Bryan Voltaggio denies free pizza to members of Congress

By Richard Gorelick

The Baltimore Sun

2:38 PM EDT, October 2, 2013

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On Tuesday, restaurants and bars in Baltimore and Washington (but mostly Washington) tweeted out discounts, special offers and messages of support for furloughed federal workers. See below for some examples.

Among the first restaurants to extend a hand to the furloughed was Range, Bryan Voltaggio’s meat-centric restaurant inside Washington’s Chevy Chase Pavilion, which offered free cheese pizza to the affected workers.

The Tuesday morning tweet read, “free Govt Cheese Pizza w/ID starting today until it's over.”

By Wendesday, the offer had been amended.

Range’s follow-up tweet read, “Forgot to mention... members of congress not eligible until you get your s--- together on the Govt. Cheese pizza give away.”

Translation: You are not welcome here.

Other furlough specials include:

Midtown BBQ & Brew in Mount Vernon is offering the first drink free to all federal employees with ID.

Nottingham's in Columbia tweeted this message: "The Government may be shut down but we are not.....Come on in for a visit at lunch and if you don't have to work tomorrow stay all night."

Blue Agave in Federal Hill tweeted this message: "We're doing a margarita happy hour all day today! We'll drink while the big guys figure it out! Happy hour at 3, $4 off burritos at 4!"

The Gypsy Queen food trucks tweeted this message: "Can't shut the Gypsy Queens down! Two trucks out to serve you some fast deliciousness. Baltimore at Greene also Charles at Baltimore."

Fado Irish Pub in Annapolis tweeted this message: "Sooooo the government is closed, what are you doing today with your free time?! Show us your government ID and receive our Happy Hour specials ALL DAY!!"

The Nando's Peri-Peri USA chain, which has outlets in Virgina, D.C. and Maryland, tweeted this message: "Cry fowl! Free Butterflied Breast for furloughed Federal Employees at Nando’s today."

Cupcake Blvd in Gambrills is offering free cupcakes to federal employees.

J. Paul's in the Inner Harbor tweeted this message: "If you need a break after a long day in the office, head over for half priced pint night from 5 p.m. to close."

Starting Thursday, Flying Dog brewery in Frederick is offering free brewery tours to furloughed federal employees.