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BID Already Taking Action to Reverse Trend ~ continued from page 1

The other panelist, Angela Rakis, owns a marketing consultancy focused on small business and teaches hospitality and tourism management at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Maryland. She wants her students to realize that they can make a career in the restaurant business. She noted Union Market as a model of allowing entrepreneurs to test their products before moving to open a restaurant.

Most persons in attendance  agreed that the restaurant DC arena is saturated and is challenged by the expenses of health care and the rising minimum wage which will increase by 75-cents to $14.00 on July 1st.

Conclusion

Michael Kain is most excited about Dupont Circle business prospects. He noted numerous encouraging developments that include that the owners of Georgetown’s Peacock Café will be opening a new establishment featuring “vintage Persian” cuisine in the long-empty previous

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restaurant space at 21st and P Streets; the Pembrook at the Dupont Circle Hotel opened to excellent reviews; the new Dive Bar in the lower level of Darlington House is great; Nora’s just sold to the owners of Rasika; La Tomate since early last year has had its kitchen helmed by acclaimed Executive Chef Domenico Apollaro, formerly at Lupo Verde; Chico and Sorrelina on P Street opened also with great reviews; and the owners of Madhatter and The Front Page just opened Northside Tavern in the 1700 block of Connecticut Avenue.

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The BID’s Colleen Hawkinson declares, “It’s an exciting time for Dupont Circle. The recent roundtables hosted by the BID have brought a diverse representation of the community together. Dupont Circle’s reputation as the city’s international core and progressive thought is guiding the path to the future.”

Dupont Circle ANC’ chairman Daniel Warwick has expressed a very positive take on the initial  work and outreach of the BID, stating, “I am exceptionally excited for the Dupont Circle BID and the work they are already doing in our community. The BID is a strong financial commitment by commercial property owners in our neighborhood that our neighborhood is worth investing in. The Dupont Circle clean team has already expanded thanks to the BID and I look forward to their continued success and stewardship of the Dupont Circle deckover project.”

RAMU’s Legislative Counsel Andrew J. Kline of The Veritas Law Firm told The InTowner that “BIDS in DC have a strong track record of promoting neighborhoods and addressing issues from a business perspective, as a great supplement to ANCs, which primarily represent residents. I expect the same from the Dupont Circle BID, as it gives that business corridor a distinct identity, promotes development there and gives businesses and property owners a common voice.”

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Avery Lewis, Vice President of Linda Roth Associates, which does public relations for the hospitality sector, was complimentary: “The BID has already accomplished so much in just nine months and I can’t wait to see what the future brings for the Dupont Circle neighborhood.”

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Ruth Gresser, Chef/Owner of Pizzeria Paradiso at P and 21st Streets proclaims: “I’m excited by the prospect of the Dupont Circle BID. I think it can be instrumental in keeping the Dupont Circle neighborhood vibrant and attractive to locals, businesses, and tourists.”

Larry Ray has served as Advisory Neighborhood Commission of both Dupont Circle and Columbia Heights. He was also President of the North Columbia Heights Citizens Association.

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