From left, skateboarder Darren Harper (in blue hat), actor Anwan Glover, Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), franchisee Keith Haywood and others mark the opening of Washington's first Bojangles'. (Shannon Evans/Sevan Photography)

North Carolina representatives Sue Myrick (R) and Mel Watt (D) both came to support the chain that calls their state home. (Maybe later they can work on the budget issues over a box of chicken?).

I’ve always gone out of my way for those seasoned fries, light and fluffy biscuits and sweet tea, so I couldn’t miss the opening, either.

Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) attends the opening with franchisee Keith Haywood. (Shannon Evans/Sevan Photography)

At one point, as I got closer to the register, a man near me asked what was going on.

“It just opened today,” said the guy behind me.

“They’re giving away free meals,” I explained.

”And,” said another 20-something guy, with a bit of a drawl, “it’s Bojangles’.”

Quite right. Most of us probably would have paid.