WP: DC Orders Dirty Asian Punch Off Pug Menu
Mike DeBonis has the scoop behind the forced removal of Marion Barry's Dirty Asian Summer Punch from the menu at the Pug (1234 H Street). Owner Tony Tomelden, whose father was half Filipino, added the punch to the menu after Marion Barry made some pretty offensive comments (video here) this past Spring about Asian business owners and their "dirty shops," Shortly after that Barry complained there were too many Filipino nurses in DC. Though some Pug customers were offended by the punch, the point of the of the drink was pretty clearly to skewer Marion Barry's racist statements, rather than to propagate racial stereotypes.
The DC government, however, was not amused and informed Tomelden that he was violating DC's Human Rights Act. That could have subjected him to a fine of up to $10,000. So while the punch is gone, the Pug remains.