It’s also a family business: Cheston co-owns and runs the brewery’s four-year-old Brookland production facility while his wife, Leah, co-owns and runs the six-year-old Shaw brewpub. The Chestons and their 2-year-old daughter, Olivine, live in Queen’s Chapel, not far from the Brookland location. And when tasked with putting together a D.C. Dream Day, Cheston builds much of it around Olivine (whom he calls Ollie, for short), his wife and Right Proper’s two locations.
We’re all going to go out to breakfast, but we don’t want to drive. So our chauffeur is going to be my favorite NASCAR driver: Chase Elliott. He is going to pick us up in a 750 horsepower Chevy Camaro ZL1. We’re going to go to Murry & Paul’s Restaurant for breakfast on 12th Street NE in Brookland. They have the absolute best chocolate chip pancakes in the world. It’s this tiny little diner that looks like it hasn’t changed in 50 years. We all get chocolate chip pancakes. Every Friday is daddy-daughter day and Olivine knows that we’re going to go get chocolate chip pancakes. I’ll also get coffee, scrambled eggs and bacon.
Then we’re going to head down to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and we’re going to get a private tour of the new dinosaur exhibit. Then we’re going to be given a behind-the-scenes tour, so Ollie can see all the dinosaur bones locked away in storage and things like that. She’s super into dinosaurs, super into discovering new things.
Then it’s probably going to be time for lunch. We’re going to go to Pizzeria Paradiso, where I used to work, in Dupont Circle. I still think it’s the best pizza in the city. Ruth Gresser, the owner, is going to meet us there and we’re actually going to get to bake our own pizzas with Ruth. And Ollie can put whatever she wants on her pizza — probably chocolate chips. I’m getting extra cheese and pepperoni, and I’m going to cook it very lightly so it has a really chewy crust. Leah is probably doing veggies: mushrooms, black olives and pineapple. They like to have a good Right Proper beer on tap: Raised by Wolves would be a good lunch beer.
Next we’re going to head to the National Zoo. And Ollie will have a supervised play date with the baby orangutan. She’s completely obsessed with baby orangutans. We have to also go see the lions. And then also if the tiger can go swimming — that is just this huge, huge deal. Of course, we’ll have to see the pandas.
Then we’re going to make ice cream with Bri McCullough from Bri’s Brookland Creamery. Ollie’s favorite is cookies and cream. After that Ollie’s going to have to go home and eat dinner and then go to bed. Maybe my mom will come over and sit with Ollie and then Leah, and I can head out.
We’re going to Georgetown University to listen to a lecture on the history of D.C. jazz given by my former professor Maurice Jackson. He’s amazing. And he just wrote a book about the history of D.C. jazz. I would love to hear a university lecture on his research. I’m a big jazz fan, and I’m very proud to live in a city that has such a rich history.
Then we’re going to go meet friends at one of my favorite restaurants, Thip Khao. And we’re going to eat really spicy food.
The 9:30 Club is one of my favorite places to go, so maybe we’ll catch a show from Ty Segall, one of my favorites. He’s going to be in rock-and-roll mode.
Then we’ll pop into the brewpub for late-night fondue and a Berliner weisse: Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne.