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Town & Country bartender works his magic one last time

Sambonn Lek is one of the best-known -- and best -- mixologists in Washington. Lek's last call at the Town & Country Lounge on Saturday will be a tough one; the Washington institution is closing for good, the latest in a series of farewells among the city's old-school hotel bars.

 
 

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Sam Lek, behind the bar at the Town & Country Lounge, which is closing after more than six decades in the Mayflower Hotel. As part of a $5 million renovation, the Mayflower is shuttering the clubby old watering hole that's long served Washington elites, from presidents and senators to lobbyists, business leaders and journalists.


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Article | On Saturday night, Sambonn Lek, head bartender at the legendary Town & Country Lounge, where he's worked since Gerald Ford was president, will don his white shirt, red tie and black vest, stand behind the bar, and make some of the best sidecars around, along with even better small talk.

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