I found the perfect place for my husband's 40th birthday party -- Franklin's fountain. However, the owners can only rent out the space on weeknights and, since we'll be coming from DC and his family will be coming from NY, that won't work. So, I was hoping I could describe some of the things I liked about Franklin's, and you might be able to think of similar places:
-- My husband would be pretty uncomfortable with a fancy birthday dinner in his honor -- something casual is much more his style.
-- Someplace where there's something to do (in the case of Franklin's, order another scoop/check out the old-timey candy, etc.) is better than a more traditional sit-down place.
-- He has a big sweet tooth, but savory would be OK too.
-- He's a bit of a history geek
-- Afternoon (lunch/linner/dessert) is better than dinner, mainly for its more casual vibe
Any ideas? Or should I just beg, beg, beg Franklin's fountain to let us have the place on a weekend? The party will be in January, and I'd expect about 20-25 people.