By: Jayne O’Donnell and Hadley Malcolm | USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – On a typical Friday night, the bar at Brasserie Beck here is packed with people waiting for a drink — perhaps one of the 90 Belgian beers it sells — and often a table in the bustling dining room.
It’s been this way almost since renowned chef and owner Robert Wiedmaier opened the restaurant in 2007.
Since the recession, however, the average check at the restaurant had dropped from about $80 to $55, so Wiedmaier offered a daily deal with Living Social last summer to “get people talking” on social media. It did that, but it also turned into what he calls “a fricking mob scene.”