Since yesterday’s news that U.S. forces had killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan after a decade-long search, Americans have been reacting with mixed emotions, from joy to solemn remembrance of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 (which made bin Laden a household name), to expressions of support for members of the military.
Locally, a few businesses have announced events to mark the news. The National Museum of Crime & Punishment — which says that the photo of bin Laden in its “Top 10 Most Wanted” exhibition has been marked “deceased” — will offer free admission to current and retired military through Sunday (each member of the military can bring a guest for free, also). And on Tuesday night, Lima will host “the Justice Party” (10:30 p.m.-2 a.m.); guests are asked to wear red, white and blue.
There are also a slew of bars and restaurants that regularly offer a discount to military (ID required in almost every case), and many of the offers fall on Mondays.
Capitol City Brewing Company offers 10 percent off on Mondays at the Shirlington location.
The Melting Pot restaurants in Washington, Arlington and Reston offer 20 percent off food on Mondays.
Lebanese Taverna in Pentagon Row offers 15 percent off on Mondays.
Asia Bistro in Pentagon Row offers 20 percent off on Mondays.
Town Tavern in Adams Morgan offers a $10 open bar on Thursdays from 10-11 p.m.
The Comedy Spot at Ballston Common Mall offers military members $2 off tickets to evening shows; orders must be placed in advance by phone.
And Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar in National Harbor regularly waives cover charges for armed forces (and police and firefighters) on Friday nights.