Millie & Al's will sling its last Jell-O shots on April 7. The Adams Morgan institution is closing after 53 years of business—and love connections. The bar has apparently sparked enough romances that it sells T-shirts that read "I met your mother at Millie & Al's."
And so we tracked down some couples who met or went on a first date at the bar. Here are their stories in their own words. (Know of other Millie & Al's love stories? Email us.)
Norm and Susan Linsky
First date: March, 1978
"Oh what a night. Some first dates end with getting lucky. Others end with a good night smooch. Once in a blue moon they even end with a proposal. Ours ended… differently.
A few days after being introduced by a mutual friend, we met at Millie’s. The pizza was so damn good, the beer so damn cold. First date was going great!
Then it hit me. Nausea—waves and waves of nausea, followed by gut-crunching indigestion, reflux, belching, then loud—REALLY loud and very public—heaving and heaving. First in the restaurant, then in the bathroom, finally spilling out (literally) onto 18th Street. Then the first, romantic sweet words I croaked to my future beloved: 'Susan, please God: Tums, Rolaids, Maalox, anything. NOW!!!'
In fairness to Millie’s, it wasn’t their fault. Sloppy pizza and I never went well together. But the best part is that sometimes nausea works: March 2016 is our 36th wedding anniversary and our 38th 'first dry heave' anniversary (you always remember your first). Maybe we’ll go back on Millie’s closing day for another bout—just for old time’s sake. RIP Millie & Al’s and thank you!"
Liz and Scott Stankus
First meeting: Dec. 28, 2004
"Having just flown back from visiting family in California, Liz was gearing up for a quiet night in. Eventually succumbing to peer pressure, she walked the four blocks to Millie and Al’s to meet up with friends. Meanwhile, newly single Scott was at the bar with a fraternity brother—one who happened to be roommates with Liz’s college buddy. Needless to say, the rest is history. After dancing to ’90s hip-hop and consuming too many jello shots, they stayed until last call. Seeing the sparks fly, Scott gets pushed out of the cab to walk Liz home. They were married in October 2010 and are still living happily in the D.C. area."