Winter Restaurant Week Start Pushed to Jan. 25

RAMW Cites 'Fluid' Nature of DC State of Emergency

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Smash hit ChiKo (423 Eighth St. SE) will participate in Winter Restaurant Week 2021, now delayed to a Jan. 25 start. File Photo: Andrew Lightman

Winter Restaurant Week will be delayed this year. The event will now run Jan. 25 to Feb. 7, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced Monday evening. That’s a week after the original start date.

In a news release issued Jan. 4, RAMW President and CEO Kelly Hollinger said the decision was made “given the fluid nature of activities and regulatory measures tied to Washington DC’s current State of Emergency affecting the region.”

Earlier the same day, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) told reporters at a press conference that on Tuesday she was likely to extend a ban on indoor dining to correspond with the extension of a declaration of Public Emergency. That order was issued Jan. 6, the day a crowd of pro-Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol, and extended the same evening.

Referencing the continued potential for dangerous activity, Bowser asked that Americans should not come to DC but stay at home and watch inauguration events on television or online.

Until Restaurant Week taks place, RAMW encourages the public to support the region’s restaurants in whatever ways they can, including with takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining in DC.

For more information, to rebook existing reservations, or to view participating restaurants, visit rwdmv.com.