In 1943, during the height of war-related food shortages, two enterprising reporters from the Washington Post conducted a less-than-scientific survey of the availability of beer in their Pennsylvania Avenue neighborhood, and they dropped into Wearley's:
Next stop was Wearley's Restaurant on Twelfth Street where we encountered a "one-beer-to-a-customer" rationing program. The manager was not optimistic. "Most of our meals are seafood," he said, "and a majority of persons seem to like beer with their meals. We have enough on hand to last until tomorrow and we have to ration that to insure continued food sales." Asked whether customers were content to have wine as a substitute, his reply was an emphatic "No!" Washington is not a wine-drinking town, he said.
|Wearley's circa 1922, with competing oyster houses on both sides (Source: Library of Congress).|
|Inside Wearley's, circa 1922 (Source: Library of Congress).|
|Matchbook cover from the original location (Author's collection).|
|Matchbook cover from the North Capitol Street location (Author's collection).|