Food and Drink

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Oct 14, 2021 - News

D.C. organizers start petition for tipped minimum wage

Tipped minimum wage rally in D.C.
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Campaigners to raise tipped minimum wage began collecting signatures yesterday for a similar ballot initiative that voters approved in 2018 — only to be overruled by council members.

Details: Initiative 82 aims to gradually raise the minimum wage of tipped workers to full parity with minimum wage in D.C.

Low-cost lunches: Columbia Heights

Three open-face tacos on a bright yellow plate with a lime wedge and radish on the side.
Taqueria Habanero tacos. Photo: Paige Hopkins/Axios

D.C.’s restaurant scene is enormous, so we’re targeting specific neighborhoods for some of our food roundups.

Today, we’re zoning in on affordable lunch options around Columbia Heights, because it’s one of our favorite neighborhoods and it has quality food that doesn’t break the bank.

D.C. restaurants hit with "review bombs"

Illustration of Yelp logo with an angry face.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The politicization of pandemic policies has reached the online review platform Yelp, and has resulted in an increase in negative restaurant reviews targeting COVID-19 safety policies,

Why it matters: The food and service industry doesn't need any other hurdles to overcome following almost two years of constant COVID-related setbacks.

D.C.'s RAMMY Awards drive home COVID's existential restaurant disruption

Fiola Mare's dining igloos, as seen in December. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Restaurant awards — usually a celebration of excess — are suddenly a salute to survival.

  • This year's RAMMY Awards, from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, were grounded in adversity and disruption, rather than luxury or decadence.

The new COVID-inspired categories highlight how the pandemic's existential threat forever changed the industry.

  • "Chef of the year" was ditched for more inclusive categories.
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