280 years ago • President George Washington — our first president — was born Feb. 22, 1732. His birthday became a legal federal holiday on Jan. 31, 1879. Although it’s often referred to as Presidents Day (the grammar conscientious should note there’s no apostrophe), the official name of the holiday is “Washington’s Birthday.” (Some federal agencies, states and local governments use Presidents Day.).
This also is why the banks are closed, there’s no mail and and many schoolchildren and government employees have the day off. And it’s an excuse for patriotic sales.
“We’ve changed our name but we haven’t changed our chef or our layout or any of the other good things that people like about us.”—Patrick Hanon on his restaurant’s name change. What once was Pujols 5 is now the Hall of Fame Sports Bar and Grill.
Birdday • I’m celebrating my 111th birthday next week, and you’re invited to my party! Join me Feb. 9 at 4 Hands Brewing Co. Weatherbird artist Dan Martin will be drawing Birds and signing autographs. Guerrilla Street Food will be serving Filipino-inspired fare. Sarah’s Cake Stop will whip up cupcakes. All that’s missing is you! RSVP now. 4 Hands Brewing is at 1220 South Eighth Street, near Busch Stadium.