An iconic Philadelphia restaurant has been forced to close its doors and turn away booked parties because of the government shutdown.
City Tavern at 3rd and Walnut Streets in the Old City section of the city has been told it must close until the U.S. Congress passes a spending bill.
The restaurant, which opened for the first time in 1773 and was frequented by the nation’s founding fathers, sits inside Independence National Historical Park and the building is owned by the U.S. National Parks Service.
A little while back I posted Should Christians Drink? You can see the sour blow-back from that piece there, but, for all the labour Evangelicals have put into lionising the Founding Fathers as Christians, that they consumed alcohol–something implied by the tavern they frequented–is an inconvenient truth. My piece tried to explain that inconvenient truth, but evidently some cannot handle it.
Shutting down the Fathers’ watering hole, however, suggests that some people involved in this ordeal are under the influence of stronger substances than alcohol.