Boarded up Bars in the Byward Market: Chateau Lafayette ("The Laff")

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Boarded up Bars in the Byward Market: Chateau Lafayette ("The Laff")

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Many establishments in the popular shopping, dining, and bar area of the Byward Market have boarded up their front windows with plywood to reduce the chance of robbery while they remain closed due to the pandemic and resulting restrictions of gatherings.
While some remain plain, or are painted black, other establishments chose to hire muralists to liven up the natural wood with images related to vibe of each bar.
The boards on the windows of the Chateau Lafayette, often called simply "the Laff" by locals, read "It's going to be OK./ We'll be back." A sentiment which at the beginning of the pandemic, in late March, was comforting but now seems overly optimist and distant.
photograph: Hope Gresser, mural: Marc Adornato
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7 June 2020

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This item was submitted on May 28, 2020 by Hope Gresser using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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