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THE PALM

The Palm was originally a speakeasy in New York. Located on Second Avenue just around the corner from the offices of King Features, the place became a hangout for cartoonists and newspapermen in the 1920s and 1930s, and the cartoonists, falling, occasionally, under the influence of the spirits of the place, decorated the walls with pictures of their comic strip characters. The Palm eventually became a legitimate restaurant and saloon and opened an overflow facility across the street, dubbed Palm Too. Inspired by the second bistro’s success, the founders opened yet another adjunct in Washington D.C. Then in Dallas, Los Angeles, Denver — even San Diego. All have cartoon murals, but the vintage work is in the original joint in New York.

The Washington Palm recently underwent renovation and moved its entrance to the side. It also moved the caricatures from the old entrance to the new one. Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin at the Washington Examiner wondered whether one of those caricatures would mysteriously “disappear.” Would Mark Foley’s mug, which has greeted guests at the old entrance, continue beaming on them in the new entrance? Or would the now disgraced congressional sex fiend be consigned to limbo? Probably, Foley will still be there. “What’s politics without a little scandal?” asked a Palm spokesman. “You can be famous, infamous, or forgotten — with few exceptions, once you’re on the wall, you’re on the wall.” Said Dufour-Gavin: “That also answers the question about former Rep. Randy ‘Duke’ Cunningham’s visage on the restaurant’s back wall, as well. It’s here to stay.”

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