Food & Drink Deals For Furloughed Workers, Maryland’s Route 1 Corridor & DC

After publishing yesterday’s post on local resources for furloughed families in Maryland and DC, many local businesses along the Route 1 corridor and DC reached out to tell me about their respective specials and discounts for furloughed federal workers during the shutdown. From Town Center Market to Pizzeria Paradiso, Vigilante Coffee, Maryland Meadworks, Shortcake Bakery, Sangfroid Distilling & more – there’s certainly variety enough to satiate your furloughed appetite!

Happy to share this information with you all and delighted to use Route One Fun as the conduit for getting the word out! And come back soon for an upcoming Special Activities for local furloughed workers post! 😊

Many thanks to Town Center Market for sponsoring this post & for your discount to furloughed workers! 

🍕🍗🍰🍪 Food Discounts for Furloughed Workers

$30 Meal for Two at Pizzeria Paradiso
Hyattsville’s Pizzeria Paradiso (all locations) is offering federal employees (show federal ID) and contractors (show business card) a “shutdown deal” – “pick any two appetizers and a 12″ pizza for $30, running until the shutdown is over!”

Pint of Beer for 5 Cents at Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store
Now through the end of the shutdown, show your federal work ID at Hyattsville’s Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store and your first pint, 10.5 oz or 1/2 pint of beer will cost just a nickel! If you’re not drinking, enjoy a soft drink on the house!

25% off at District Taco 🌮
District Taco is offering 25% off to any federal employee with their government ID until the end of the shutdown! Applies at all locations.

BOGO Free Sandwich Deal at Potbelly Sandwich Shops Nationwide
In this tweet here, Potbelly announced that through Sunday (1/27), federal government employees showing ID will get buy-one-get-one free entrees nationwide.

Buy One, Get One Chicken Meal at Sardi’s
Every Tuesday during the furlough, Sardi’s in Beltsville is offering a “Buy One, Get One Free” on a 1/4 chicken meal or 3 piece dark meal. Additionally, Sardi’s will offer a 10% discount to furloughed government employees every day of the week; just show your ID at checkout. More info about Sardi’s offer here.

20% Off at Busboys and Poets
From now until the shutdown is over, all Busboys and Poets locations, furloughed employees with federal employee ID get 20% off dine-in meals. They’re also offering 10% off at their bookstore on a purchase with valid ID. Offers not valid during happy hour and not combined with other discounts. Cannot be used on alcohol.

Free Wings or Buttermilk Sandwich at Wings Over College Park
Now until the shutdown ends, Wings Over College Park is offering free wings or buttermilk sandwiches for furloughed federal workers and their guest, with federal government ID.

10% Off All Good at Shortcake Bakery
Now until end of January, receive 10% off all baked goods at Hyattsville’s Shortcake Bakery. Federal ID required.

Free Breakfast at Ikea for Federal Workers
Show a valid government ID from 9:30-11am at Ikea and you can get a free breakfast (including coffee, tea or fountain drink). Per this article, valid at the Ikea store in College Park.

🍺🍷🥃☕ Drink & Beverage Discounts for Furloughed Workers

10% Off All Beer & Wine at Town Center Market
Now through January 31st at Riverdale Park’s Town Center Market, furloughed federal workers just need to show their federal ID and mention “Route One Fun” at checkout to receive 10% off total beer and wine purchase! (Excludes any other discount offers.)”

30% Off All Drinks at Vigilante Coffee
Vigilante Coffee‘s Hyattsville & College Park locations are offering 30% off all drinks for all impacted federal government employees for the duration of the government shutdown.

Free Tours & Tastings at Sangfroid Distilling
Furloughed federal employees can enjoy a free tour & tasting of apple & pear brandies, dutch-style gins and rye whiskies at Hyattsville’s newest addition, sang froid distilling. Hours are 12-4pm, Saturdays & Sundays.

50% off on Furloughed Fridays at Maryland Meadworks
Each Friday (3-10pm) during the furlough, Hyattsville’s Maryland Meadworks is offering 50% off with a federal ID.

20% Off at DC Brau
At nearby DC Brau‘s tasting room, furloughed workers will receive a discount matching the amount of days of the shutdown, so January 13th = 23rd day of shutdown = 23 percent off onsite or to-go purchases. (Note: The tasting room is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays. Also, the furlough discount is not valid on Fridays, since flagship pints are already 50% off.

$1 Glasses of Wine at City Winery
Head down to City Winery in nearby-ish Ivy City (NE DC), where government workers can enjoy $1 glasses of City Winery’s label on tap.

Happy Hour Pricing for Drinks at Brookland’s Finest
Get happy hour pricing on drinks at Brookland’s Finest with government ID. (And while in Brookland, why not check out the beautiful Franciscan Monastery, ideally before you’re inebriated. 😉)

Want to buy a furloughed worker a beer?
At Hyattsville’s Streetcar 82 Brewing Co., customers can pay it forward by buying a beer for a federal worker on furlough. Each purchase goes into a our Furlough beer-fund and can be claimed by a federal worker with valid identification. More information here.

👋 Want more information on local resources for furloughed federal workers in DC and Maryland? 👉  Resources for Furloughed Families in Maryland & DC

As I noted in this earlier Route One Fun post about the furlough, having been a federal employee who’s gone through a furlough in the past (albeit way shorter than this one), I know these are stressful times and hope this information lightens your load, even if just a wee bit. In solidarity – Sarah.


Many thanks again to Town Center Market for making this post possible and for offering a discount to furloughed workers! And thank you, dear Route One Fun readers, for supporting the awesome businesses that support Route One Fun! 😍

Know of more offers of support for furloughed workers not listed below? Comment below and will update the list ASAP.


Expired Specials:
Large, 1-Topping Pizza for 99 cents at Potomac Pizza
This Thursday (1/24) from 11am-4pm at College Park’s Potomac Pizza, federal employees showing their federal government ID may receive a large, 1-topping pizza for carry out for just 99 cents!

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