Editor’s Letter Unprecedented times challenge DC area restaurant owners as they look to overcome the impact of high coronavirus case numbers, and wait while local health departments work through the logistical challenges of administering vaccines to numerous individuals in the region. Many restaurant operators have dialed up their digital presence to get them through this pandemic. To remain competitive, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest technology trends so in this issue, we’re highlighting segments of the National Restaurant Association’s 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report. Coronavirus impacts on the industry and shifts in how operators are responding to off-premises business are among the featured analyses. As we do in the early part of each year, we have gathered a variety of updated food and menu trend information, including the reprise of a popular article on 2021 food trends that appeared recently in Restaurant C-Suite Magazine. Collaborations can help restaurant operators expand their reach and clientele while keeping expenses in check. Our Q&A in this issue explores how three different restaurant operators are using a shared kitchen space in the Shaw neighborhood to better manage costs and fulfill food orders for pickup and delivery. I look forward to sharing more news shortly. Please sign up at subscribe. districtrestaurantnews.com.
Sincerely, Rick Zambrano Executive Editor 4 District Restaurant News
Immunity foods, including turmeric, are trending. Photo by Charissa Kenion.