Bartenders, servers and other restaurant industry employees rarely get to do brunch. Think about it: By the time they've called last call, cleaned up the bar, settled the registers and myriad other end-of-shift tasks, it's getting close to sunrise. Who would want to leap back out of bed for eggs Benedict so soon after going to sleep -- especially with another shift looming a few hours later?

That's why a coalition of Columbia Heights bars have created a new Monday afternoon brunch targeted at "all of us who work late nights and weekends and never get to kick back earlier on our day off with a bloody mary or mimosa," says Gordon Banks of El Chucho.


Kangaroo Boxing Club will welcome bartenders, cooks, servers and anyone who's hungry for a new Monday brunch. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Every Monday, one bar on 11th street NW will open at noon with a special brunch menu and offer a 15 percent discount to all industry workers with proof of bar or restaurant employment. Good news for all the freelancers and creative types who work from home: Anyone can take advantage of the brunch menus, though you'll pay full price.

The brunch kicks off this Monday at Kangaroo Boxing Club before heading to El Chucho May 20, RedRocks May 27 (that's Memorial Day Monday) and Wonderland Ballroom June 3. More dates will be announced in the future.