Abramoff opened Signatures in Feb. 2002 to critical acclaim. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House, the restaurant quickly became a power dining spot. Lobbyists and politicians frequented the jackets-only place, dining on chef Mourou Ouattara's award-winning cuisine while eyeballing the signed historic artifacts and political memorabilia that adorned its walls. Its motto: "Liberal portions in a conservative setting." Signatures wasn't cheap. Mourou (the ...
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