From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Bowser also announced eight new Food Access Fund grantees. A total of $6.6 million will go to these local businesses. The Mayor’s funding proposal for Fiscal Year 2023 allocates $23.8 million for this program.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, we want to make sure we don’t lose any of the characteristics that make DC truly special, ” said Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio.  “That means investing in small and local businesses that offer exciting and innovative ways to address the inequitable access to quality food. The Food Access Fund allows us to better support residents and make long-term investments in the community.”

New Food Access Fund awardees include: Read More


2nd and Florida Ave, NW

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, as she kicked off DMV Black Restaurant Week, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced nearly $9 million in grants through the Food Access Fund to provide funding to food businesses to open new locations in Wards 7 and 8. Mayor Bowser included the $58 million initiative in her Fair Shot Budget with the goal of eradicating food deserts and creating employment opportunities and economic vibrancy.

“We have an incredible amount of entrepreneurial talent and creativity in DC, especially in our restaurant and foodservice industries – it’s just not equally distributed or equally funded. The Food Access Grants are going to change that,” said Mayor Bowser. “With this $58 million fund, we can bring DC favorites like HalfSmoke that currently operate in some of our most popular corridors on the west side of the city and support them in opening new locations in Wards 7 and 8. We can also support popular spots that are already in Wards 7 and 8, like MLK Deli, and make sure they have the resources necessary to expand and reach more Washingtonians. We already know that we have residents in every part of our city who are eager to support local businesses; the Food Access Grants are not only delivering more food options to Wards 7 and 8, they’re delivering new opportunities to stay local and shop local.”

The Food Access Fund recipients include: Read More


3212 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

The liquor license placard for Miss Toya’s Southern Cajun Kitchen says:

“The Establishment will be a full-service restaurant offering Creole-style food. Total Occupancy
Load is 100 with seating for 60 inside premises. The licensee is also requesting an Entertainment
Endorsement to provide live entertainment.”

Their website says they’ll be opening in 2022. Read More


940 Eastern Ave, NE

Back in January we learned that Ward 7 was getting a new gym in Penn Branch. Thanks to Austin Graff for sending the update:

“It’s confirmed by Planet Fitness & the nearby shop owners that the gym opens in the Penn Branch Shopping Center Saturday, December 15 at 9am. This is one of the first gyms East of the River, an area where a fourth of the city lives.”

Ed. Note: Now for a new grocery store!!


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