A number of restaurants in the D.C. area are showing their empathy for furloughed government employees by creating specials and, in some cases, giving away free food and liquor. A few of them are also reportedly giving members of congress a nice, stiff middle finger by informing them that the shutdown deals either don't apply to them, or that they have to pay more.

Range (5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW Suite 201), which is owned by Top Chef contestant Bryan Voltaggio, was treating ID-bearing government employees to "Government Cheese" pizzas. Congress can't partake "until [they] get their shit together." Harsh words. 

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave NW) instituted happy hour prices until closing—except for members of Congress, who had to pay double. Now, how does an establishment go about legally enforcing these prices on Congress? It's not exactly easy and seems like more of a warning shot to Congress.

They should know where they aren't welcome.

[via Gawker]