Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones is thinking Arby’s for lunch today, sources have confirmed.
The Arby’s run, offhandedly mentioned by Jones at his staff meeting this morning, could fall somewhere between 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. today, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The mayoral roast beefing will likely target the Short Pump location due to its luxury fast-food accommodations.
“Anyone else in the mood for a roast beef sandwich for lunch? I could sure use one,” said Jones, whose mind was made up for Arby’s pretty much as soon as he woke up. “I think I might even make it a large this time, as opposed to my normal regular.”
As of 9 a.m., Blackhawk helicopters were seen circling the Short Pump area in preparation for the mayoral Arby’s visit, while Virginia State Police had shut down two westbound lanes of Interstate 64 in advance of the 62-year-old’s roast beefing. Sources said the meal would indeed be “a dine-in,” and that Jones would order a sweet iced tea, though it was unclear whether he would upgrade to a combo for an additional $2.99.
Jones was also said to be considering procurement of a frozen JaMocha shake.
The mayor, who said he “never even pondered” Hardee’s, Wendy’s, or Burger King as possible lunch-going options, said his only eating decision has come down to whether he will get regular or curly fries from Arby’s.
“I just hope if I get regular fries that they are the long-cut kind, because I’ve never been a huge fan of waffle fries,” Jones said, adding that he hopes he remembers to ask for extra Arby’s and Horsey sauces at the time of ordering. “Because you never want to sit down at the table and prepare to eat your meal, then realize you forgot the sauces, and then have to walk all the way back up to the counter for some.”
As of press time, the mayor was unaware that he had a noon meeting with his press secretary, and would therefore have to postpone the Arby’s trip until tomorrow.