The Capital Grille


There’s been a lot of testimony about The Capital Grille in D.C. As I mentioned earlier, one of the first trial witnesses was a waiter, who said Duke’s 15 percent tips made him a “typical congressman.” Yesterday, one witness estimated, conservatively, that Brent Wilkes spent $150,000 dining with the Duke at the congressman’s favorite restaurant.


Duke loved Silver Oak wine, which ran for about $100 a bottle. He kept his own private wine locker at the restaurant. So did Mitchell Wade, Wilkes and Wilkes’ best friend, Kyle Foggo, the executive director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Capital Grille diners worship wine, as seen by the restaurant’s “Wine Kiosk:”


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