Drinking With Burnie
Before I was totally immersed in cooking, I used to spend my after-work hours drinking. Drinking. Drinking. And because of this, I met the most fabulous liquor store owner, Burnie Williams. Burnie owns Chat’s, a liquor store directly across the street from my then-office and just down the street from my then-apartment.
Burnie knew exactly what type of wine I should pair with my delicate white fish; exactly what type of fancy bourbon I should buy 80 for the holidays, and um, exactly when I wouldn’t ask for his opinion and just buy the biggest, cheapest bottle of alcohol I could find.
Burnie is always greeting patrons with a smile. He literally knows all of his customers’ names. And I can say this with confidence, he’s the only man on Barrack’s Row that rocks a suit to work. I know this post may seem scattered, but I just don’t know how to get across how much Burnie and Chat’s were a part of my Capital Hill life. But I do know, you should trust his advice for Thanksgiving drinks.
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