District Restaurant News | Fall 2020

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1625 K St., NW Suite 210 Washington, DC 20006 T 202.331.5990 F 202.659.8701 info@ramw.org During this time, our city and our nation also began a public conversation around race following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and far too many others. As an organization and an industry we stand in solidarity with protesters taking to our streets demanding justice. Many of our restaurants have banded together to provide resources for groups leading the movement, and we are committed to amplifying their voices. Others have been damaged in the process, and we have constructed networks of agency and financial resources to help them repair and rebuild. BUILDING PATHWAYS FOR ALL The conversation that started during our Board meeting in January continues today as we act to create positive change for Black and Minority-owned small businesses. We are working with local leaders to devise legislative approaches to issues affecting minority owned businesses. We have created a membership program specifically for Black and minority-owned small businesses that is free for the next two years and allows them to tap into resources, training and promotional tools to position them for success through all phases of reopening and recovery. We continue to work with the organizers of Black Restaurant Week to add visibility and use our resources and existing channels to benefit their incredible work. And our team has started and participates in conversations with minority-owned businesses to hear directly from them what they need to survive right now, and to thrive in the future. VISIBILITY AND OPPORTUNITY Phase Two of reopening has been encouraging, enabling restaurants to increase the scope of their service, bring more people safely back to work, and get back to doing what they love, serving and nourishing our communities. We have taken the opportunity to also build a stronger, more dynamic promotional program to do our part to support this stage of their recovery. Since 2001 we have organized Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week. It began as a response to the economic fallout following the attacks on 9/11, and this year, with so much already lost, we literally doubled our efforts, building an extended program that gave restaurants a chance to serve diners in-house, via carry out, or through delivery, for a full two weeks. We were thrilled with the results, seeing more than 30,000 diners opt in with reservations alone, not to mention takeout and delivery support, and show their support to more than 250 participating restaurants. Working with ABRA and other agencies, we rolled out a program of Streateries with an emphasis on minimal bureaucratic hurdles to participate, along with temporary changes to allow additional “pop up� locations, create additional carry out, delivery and on premise dining opportunities, again with minimal bureaucratic hurdles to participate. This collaborative effort brought over 550 restaurants into the Streateries program. 20 District Restaurant News