Sometimes, it takes a snapshot to remind us that despite all of the hip additions to Washington’s dining scene, Georgetown’s Cafe Milano is still the preferred watering hole for the city’s power class. So here’s the lineup from last night’s dinner scene, per a star-struck spy: On the terrace, President Obama’s right hand, Valerie Jarrett, is having a friendly meal with a young man and woman, her Secret Service detail seated a table away. Nearby, interim D.C. police chief Peter Newsham fuels up for his first day in the job with a beer and a plate of pasta alongside “Hardball” booker Carol Joynt.
Inside, Secretary of State John F. Kerry nabs Table 100. (That’s the best seat in the house, natch.) A shovel-pass away, Redskins owner Dan Snyder and the team’s president, Bruce Allen, and a few others are dining together. It’s apparently date night for Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld, who is breaking bread with his wife, Nancy. Also spotted in the crowd: former BET owner Bob Johnson, uber-philanthropist Cherrie Doggett, and … wait, that’s arts benefactor Adrienne Arsht slipping out the door alone.
No President Obama (though he’s a repeat guest), who’s across town with first lady Michelle Obama at Mexican restaurant Oyamel, after a preview tour of the soon-to-open National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Still, there were so many bold-facers in the seats that when a parade of members of Congress arrive (those tell-tale pins as the giveaway), they do not merit much of a head swivel.