Black Restaurant Week, Good Food Markets, & More

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Muriel Bowser Ward 4




John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004


Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Kevin Donahue

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Eugene Adams

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Jackie Reyes-Yanes

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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November 12, 2021

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

This week, we are celebrating DMV Black Restaurant Week—an opportunity to support Black-owned businesses in the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industries. And, in DC, we have plenty of places to celebrate. We kicked off the week with three Black-owned restaurants that represent DC culture and DC values: FishScale, HalfSmoke, and Ben's Chili Bowl. And there are so many restaurants like them, places that proudly represent Washington, DC and that have weathered a storm during the pandemic. While there are only a few days left in Black Restaurant Week, we should support our local businesses year round. I encourage everyone to learn more about and support Black-owned restaurants in DC, and you can start by going to

At the kickoff for DMV Black Restaurant Week, we also made another exciting food announcement—we announced the next round of local businesses that will receive Food Access Fund grants to open or expand in Wards 7 and 8, including:

  • Sweet Tooth, to open in Anacostia
  • Fresh Food Factory Grocery Store, to open in Kenilworth
  • Sala Thai, to open in Hill East
  • HalfSmoke, to open in Skyland and Downtown Minnesota Avenue
  • DCity Smokehouse, to open in Anacostia
  • Roots 657 Cafe, to open in Skyland
  • Highlands Cafe, to open in Penn Branch
  • And MLK Deli, to open in Deanwood

And there's more good news on the way: tomorrow, I'll be in Ward 8 to open a new Good Food Markets. This grocery store is the culmination of years of work and community partnership. You might remember that in my first term we created the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund to help bring much-needed amenities to neighborhoods across DC. The Good Food Markets project was the first recipient of the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund. Then, my first stop after being sworn in for my second term was to break ground on the store. Tomorrow, I am proud to join the community in celebrating the grand opening.

I hope you will join us, first at 10 a.m. for our Ward 8 Meet and Greet for the Mayor's Office of Community Affairs, and then at 11 a.m. at the new Good Food Markets.


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Tomorrow: Ward 8 Meet & Greet

Ward 8 Open House

Tomorrow, on Saturday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m., the Mayor's Office of Community Affairs (MOCA) and the Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) are hosting a Meet & Greet at the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Library!

This event will give DC residents an opportunity to:

  • learn more about the Mayor's Office of Community Affairs and the services its 12 constituent offices provide;
  • meet and engage with representatives of the Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services;
  • meet community partners and organizations;
  • ask questions and share ideas on how our offices can work with the community; and
  • engage fellow Washingtonians and learn more about their concerns and challenges.

Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided. Learn more HERE

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DC's Hospitality Workers Hiring Fair

Hospitality Worker Hiring Fair

On Tuesday, November 16, the Mayor's Office of Nightlife and Culture is partnering with Hook Hall to host DC's Hospitality Workers Hiring Fair. 

Looking for a job? Meet hospitality and nightlife establishment employers who are ready to hire you on the spot! 

Register HERE

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ICYMI: Compost Your Pumpkins

DC Pumpkin

Residents are reminded that most pumpkins and gourds can be taken to one of nine food waste collection sites in the District for composting. Please note that pumpkins decorated with paint, glitter, or other inorganic matter cannot be composted.

Find a list of drop-off sites open this Saturday and Sunday HERE

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DC Government Career Fair

DC Govt Career Fair

On Tuesday, November 16 and Wednesday, November 17, the DC Department of Human Resources will host the DC Government Virtual Career Fair 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., a two-day event aimed at connecting residents, recruiters, and hiring managers at DC Government. Qualified applicants may have an opportunity to interview via teleconference and receive on-the-spot contingent offers for some positions. 

Applicants will have the option of claiming additional preference if they are: 

  • a District resident
  • a veteran (and/or has disabilities from military service)
  • 18 to 21 years of age and currently or formerly a Child and Family Services foster care recipient within the last five years

Learn more and register HERE

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