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Ask Tom: Parking at Carmine’s

(Illustration by Edwin Fotheringham)

Kris Diemar, Carmine’s new general manager, says the parking lot was initially recommended online because one of its elevators opens into the Penn Quarter restaurant. Less than an hour after Diemar and I spoke, the wording on the restaurant’s site was changed to reflect that detail, as well as Carmine’s more consumer-friendly option — information the site previously lacked.

Although parking lot prices are “out of our control,” says Diemar, who had been unaware of the high cost, “we want to make sure guests have a good experience within our walls.” Though she’d been hoping only to steer future pasta lovers from a similar surprise, Tapley says, she ended up with a $25 gift certificate from Carmine’s.

Originally ran with Tom Sietsema’s Sunday, April 17, dining column on Sabai Sabai Simply Thai.

Weaned on a beige buffet a la “Fargo” in Minnesota, Tom Sietsema is the food critic for The Washington Post. This is his second tour of duty at the Post. Sietsema got his first taste in the ‘80s, when he was hired by his predecessor to answer phones, write some, and test the bulk of the Food section’s recipes. That’s how he learned to clean squid, bake colonial cakes and distinguish between nutmeg and mace.


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