SugarFire Smoke House Offers "Government Shutdown" Sandwich Free to Furloughed Feds

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The "Government Shutdown Sandwich." | Michael Johnson

Yesterday, on the first day of the federal-government shutdown, SugarFire Smoke House owner Michael Johnson quickly invented the "Government Shutdown Sandwich" and added it to his list of daily specials.

"White bread, cheese. THAT'S IT. SUCK IT UP," he scrawled on a piece of white butcher paper. "Just kidding!"

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The real "Shutdown" is brisket, pork, turkey, lettuce, pickle and mayo. Johnson offered it with a side for $9 -- unless of course you were an employee of the federal government who was suddenly out of work. Then the meal only set you back three bucks.

"We sold like 100 of them today," Johnson told Gut Check yesterday. "It was off the chain."

Unlike the actual shutdown, the deal got sweeter today. Johnson decided that all day today the "Shutdown" will be free for federal employees (possibly with the purchase of a side or soda, Johnson wasn't totally certain at the time). It's his small way of helping folks who might be waiting awhile before they see their next check, not to mention a killer marketing move.

"I think it's a big mess," Johnson says of the shutdown. "I don't think it's cool no matter what side you're on that a bunch of people are not able to work because of people not being able to agree on something."

See also: 'Cue the Sights: SugarFire Smoke House delights the eyes and the palate

Johnson wasn't the only person using food as a means to comfort furloughed government employees. Chefs around the country were creating their own real (and imagined) dishes. Here's what Top Chef contestant Bryan Voltaggio came up with:

And the blog Cupcake Project offered this recipe for a "Government Shutdown Cupcake":

Ingredients
  • Indecision
  • Bickering
  • Childlike Behavior

Instructions
Mix until you end up with nothing.

Have you seen other government shutdown deals around town? Let us know! Furloughed and have nothing better to do? Send us pics of you enjoying a "Shutdown" and other furlough freebies!

Follow Jessica Lussenhop on Twitter at @Lussenpop. E-mail the author at Jessica.Lussenhop@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Rebecca Lee
Rebecca Lee

Drew told me about this on the way home from the conference. He follows them on twitter.

Alyssa Kohn
Alyssa Kohn

well deserved. these guys are fantastic.

Chad Nordby
Chad Nordby

plenty of government contractors who are out of work at the moment and they're not able to take advantage of these freebie offers...

Hallie King
Hallie King

They take work where they can get it. I'm sure the lady at the passport office didn't dream that she would be a government employee as a kid. You take what you can get.

Hallie King
Hallie King

People like government records employees, don't make as much as you think. The non essential employees aren't doctors and lawyers they are people trying to pay the rent and bills and take care of their family's. That is a wonderful idea to help them out in my opinion.

Josh Carter
Josh Carter

stupid. why feel bad for people who've made well above average pay working for an employer who is 15 trillion in the red? get a grip, people.

Kristine Byrne
Kristine Byrne

Kaldi Brothers Coffee has extended their deal for furloughed fed employees: free red goat brew with free refills during the entire shutdown. All locations.

Megan Hansen
Megan Hansen

I know...I saw this too! Amc is giving free pop corn too!

Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper

Mike, not sure where this place is, but I would be up for a "work" lunch. May want to text me though, as I have a really busy life now that we're not working, keeping America' airways safe.

Crissy Brunatti
Crissy Brunatti

So yummy in more ways than one! We need to do lunch again soon!

Eric Brands
Eric Brands

They should get a grilled cheese.... thats all I can afford and I work hella hard for my over taxed pay. :-/

rcmetz
rcmetz

Who cares? #EndTheFed 

Mike Preusch
Mike Preusch

Gary Cooper Art De Villar Larry Sadowski Kelly Wilken Matt Ellison Free lunch. Let's go!

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@rcmetz dude, go smoke some pot, blather about ron paul to your friends and shut the fuck up to the rest of us who don't abuse drugs and cover our bodies in ugly fucking tattoos


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