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Outside area at St. Vincent Wine

D.C. Restaurants Have Diners Help Cover Pandemic-Related Costs

Service charges and fees help restaurants pay for masks, take-out packaging, and higher wages.

The owners of St. Vincent Wine never expected to open in the middle of the global pandemic and need a little extra cash to cover the costs of keeping staff and customers safe. But when the doors opened in November, they decided to add a $1 “COVID compliance fee,” to each check. It helps pay […]

Chef Elias Taddesse in the kitchen

Elias Taddesse Shares Three Lessons Every Chef Can Learn From the Pandemic

Best known for juicy burgers and a doro wat fried chicken sandwich, Mélange opened in September.

Chef Elias Taddesse never thought he’d drive a quarter of a cow weighing upwards of 230 pounds back to D.C. from Baltimore in his girlfriend’s truck, but when you’re running a restaurant in a pandemic you have to roll with the punches. And restaurants, like his, have been dealt repeated blows.  The Ethiopian immigrant, who […]

Law enforcement officer behind a security fence

DC Health Home Visits To Vulnerable COVID-19 Patients Canceled Through Inauguration

Contact tracers who tell residents they tested positive or connect them with resources cannot perform responsibilities due to safety concerns following the Capitol insurrection.

Security threats in the District have interrupted the lives of countless residents. Law enforcement officials are asking some residents of Capitol Hill to show identification before entering their homes, while numerous businesses all across the city have temporarily closed. National Guard members are stationed as far north as Malcolm X Park.    The impact of the […]

Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie

Councilmembers Butt Heads with DC Health Director Over Racial Equity in Vaccine Distribution

Should seniors in neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19 be given priority in vaccine appointments?

As of Monday, Jan. 11, D.C. residents over 65 are now eligible to reserve a COVID-19 vaccine appointment anywhere in the city. D.C.’s health department aimed to make the process as convenient as possible, setting up sites for vaccinations in every quadrant so seniors wouldn’t have to travel too far from home. But with just […]

Anju's Christmas Eve beef Wellington

Take-Home For The Holidays

D.C. restaurants sold out of the sumptuous feasts they offered for takeout over the holidays, proving you can box up hospitality.

Cassia Denton and Devin Maier found themselves home for the holidays. They heeded repeated warnings that traveling and mingling with older relatives is too dangerous because of COVID-19. “We have always spent Christmas in Hawaii with Devin’s dad,” Denton says. “He always makes a big meal there. We were not expecting to be here instead.” […]

D.C. coronavirus testing site with people in line

D.C. Reports New Peak in COVID-19 Cases

DC Health director says it's “a little premature” to suggest that the heinous acts of last week led to the increase in cases.

Residents of Wards 7 and 8 were frustrated but not surprised by the Capitol insurrection. [DCist] Will insurrectionists face real charges? [Bloomberg] How a Biden administration will impact locals. [Washingtonian]  Airbnb blocks and cancels all reservations during the inauguration. [Twitter] By Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com) D.C. Council Squabbles Over Taking Home Office Supplies After […]

All 6,700 Vaccine Appointments Filled in Less Than 24 Hours

Some seniors describe technical issues after failing to book.

The daily case rate and hospitalizations related to COVID-19 remain in the red, at Phase 0/1 levels. To see today’s coronavirus cases and more information, visit our coronavirus dashboard. [EOM] President Donald Trump approves Bowser’s emergency declaration for inauguration. [CNN]  Two Capitol Police officers who allegedly took a selfie with a rioter and wore a […]

Law enforcement officer behind a security fence

D.C. Officially Extends Indoor Dining Ban to Jan. 22, Citing Public Safety

Winter Restaurant Week has been pushed back to Jan. 25 through Feb. 7.

D.C. restaurants will have to wait an extra week before they can reopen their dining rooms at 25 percent capacity. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced late tonight that she is extending the indoor dining ban originally set to expire on Jan. 15 to Jan. 22 at 5 a.m. The time frame now more closely aligns with […]

Denizens Brewing Company Born Bohemian Pils

How D.C.-Area Breweries Are Hanging On 10 Months Into The Pandemic

Some of the operational changes brewers made in response to COVID-19 could stick around.

As 2019 was coming to an end, local breweries ramped up production for spring in anticipation of an expected uptick in sales. A seasonably warm March 2020 had Washingtonians shedding their winter coats, eager to drink outdoors. Fresh off a Nationals World Series championship, brewers were excited about the sales potential of having their beer […]

Jon Schott makes a drink at King's Ransom

Are D.C. and Maryland Diners Flocking to Northern Virginia to Dine Inside?

"A small fraction of people are coming over, but the majority are scared and nervous about getting and spreading COVID."

When D.C. and several bordering counties in Maryland temporarily banned indoor dining in December because of spiking COVID-19 cases, Northern Virginia restaurant owners’ ears perked up. They wondered if a rush of diners would cross the river to eat in their dining rooms. During parts of the pandemic, the Commonwealth has had slightly looser restrictions […]

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