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Many restaurants in the DC area are offering "shutdown specials" to furloughed employees so long as government remains closed, but members of Congress looking to take advantage of the budget deals will find that their business is often less than welcome.

At least four eateries have announced that lawmakers are either ineligible for shutdown prices, or, in some cases, are required to pay more than the everyday prices for their food.

Top Chef Masters' Bryan Voltaggio, for one, is giving away free "Government Cheese" (i.e. margarita) pizzas ... with one catch:
It's not just restaurants; AMC theaters is offering federal employees free popcorn and Hyundai is offering to defer new-car payments for furloughed workers.

Live in D.C. and want to take advantage of the shutdown specials? Find a full list of participating eateries here.

1:04 PM PT: In comments, denig added another great list of freebies for furloughed workers.

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