We posted this story today at Washingtonian.com. I wrote it after an afternoon visit with Tommy Jacomo at The Palm on 19th Street. We sat in a booth and he reminisced while I asked questions, listened and took notes. Here's the link: Tommy Jacomo Recalls 40 Years of The Palm.
This story was sentimental for me. I love the Palm. Because it's a cool place to have a meal but also because it has an interesting connection to my previous life and my late husband, Howard Joynt. His picture was up on the wall for years. When they made the movie "Heartburn," in a scene featuring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, his image was right between and behind them, and impossible to miss. It was before my time in his life. After all, he was holding a couple of baby bottles. (AKA, earlier marriages, earlier children). I asked Tommy whatever happened to that picture. He said, "we took down the wall." That's one way to let some wall people go.
A tip about The Palm. Always book one of the booths. That way you can hear whatever your date/friend/guest has to say.