WASHINGTON, DC (WGME) – It seems like to matter where the Bushes went, they made friends, and that includes wherever they had dinner in Washington.
The Palm DC is a staple, with the caricatures on the wall, highlighting distinguished characters who were frequent guests.
Arguably the most important was George H.W. Bush.
General Manager Michael Melore says when Bush was ambassador to the UN, he loved visiting the Palm in New York, and often complained there was just nothing like it in Washington. The owners decided to do something about that.
“At his behest, gathered a group of investors and in 1972, they opened this restaurant for George H.W. Bush and the rest is history,” Melore said.
The Bushes often connected with the staff and patrons.
“After dinner, they always went to the kitchen and shook every single person’s hand, right down to the dishwasher, and they would come out and stay as long as needed to make sure they took pictures with anybody and everybody who wanted a picture,” Melore said.
With a completely different vibe, the Bushes were also regulars at Peking Gourmet Inn.
George Tsui says his staff served the Bushes more than 100 times, many of the visits documented in the pictures on the wall.
“He's far, far more than a great President, he's humble and generous,” Tsui said.
The President’s favorite dish was the Peking duck, and while the duck is excellent, Tsui says what’s better is having the leader of the free world as a regular and a friend.