Vice President Joe Biden has a new restaurant in his home state of Delaware, where he is expected to take office on January 20, 2018.
But it’s not a typical steakhouse, nor does it feature traditional American fare like beef brisket or lobster rolls.
Rather, the newly opened Blue Point Steakhouse is serving up a more upscale version of traditional American cuisine: steakhouse-style sushi.
While it might seem like a bizarre pairing for a vice president, it’s an apt one for Biden, who has struggled with food in the past.
In 2009, he had to endure a foodborne illness, prompting the first-ever White House visit from President George W. Bush.
He later struggled with eating food again, after the health of his family made him more cautious about eating.
And when Biden has tried to eat in the White House, he has struggled to get through.
In the past, the vice presidency has been a place where Biden is able to eat on his own.
But since he took office, he’s tried to use the White Houses restaurants as a way to get to know his staff and the rest of the country.
And when Biden was asked to share his thoughts about his White House dining habits, he said he enjoys eating out at a few spots but doesn’t like eating at the same restaurants twice a day.
It’s a strategy that has worked for him on occasion, such as in 2013 when he ate out at the Four Seasons in Washington, D.C., and at the Palace Grill in Las Vegas.
Biden had to share a table with some White House staff during the visit.
“I was really excited to go to the Palace,” Biden said in a speech in 2013.
“I was looking forward to being the first vice president to go there.
I really thought it was a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the presidents staff and get a chance to spend some time with them.
And, of course, they were very gracious and kind of accommodating.”
At the time, Biden was known to enjoy dining at the four-star Four Seasons.
And during his tenure as vice president in 2009, Vice President Mike Pence ate out in his hotel room at the Hotel Washington during the presidential visits.
Biden has been on a number of trips to the White, and he is said to have gone back to the Four Stars in 2013 and 2014.
He even ate out for dinner at the hotel, although he only shared the same table with Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. at that time.