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How to Get Your Own Official Restaurant Day

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In case you didn't hear, Mayor Vince Gray officially proclaimed yesterday Clyde's of Georgetown Day in honor of the restaurant's 50th anniversary.

But Clyde's is far from the only restaurant to have its own D.C. government-recognized day. It turns out it's pretty easy to get an official proclamation. 

This year alone, the mayor gave three other restaurants their own days. Martin's Tavern Day on April 3 recognized the Georgetown restaurant's 80th anniversary. Jaleo Restaurant Day on April 9 celebrated the 20th birthday for the Spanish tapas spot in Penn Quarter. And then there was Millie & Al's Restaurant Day on May 8; the Adams Morgan dive turned 50 this year. And it's not just anniversaries: Carmine's got its own day—Aug. 3— in 2010 when it opened its D.C. location.

To receive an official proclamation, all a restaurant (or any individual or group, for that matter) has to do is request one with the Office of the Secretary. The request takes about three weeks and is free. Unless there are "extenuating circumstances," says the mayor's spokesman Matt Desjardins, the office pretty much obliges everyone.