Gruyere and chive grit fries appetizer served with a creole tomato sauce at Due South in the Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront area in D.C., seen here on Jan. 8 (Robert Roberts/The Washington Informer)
Gruyere and chive grit fries appetizer served with a creole tomato sauce at Due South in the Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront area in D.C., seen here on Jan. 8 (Robert Roberts/The Washington Informer)

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) has extended “Restaurant Week” for the first time in the biannual promotion’s 18-year history, continuing the opportunity for diners to take advantage of affordable lunches, brunches and dinners through Sunday, Jan. 27.

Restaurants participating in the extended Winter Restaurant Week are listed on the promotion’s website at www.RWDMV.com.

RAMW made the decision to extend Restaurant Week to continue giving guests a great opportunity to dine out while supporting the local restaurant industry in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. With 182 restaurants from which eager diners can chose, menus are priced at $35 for dinner and $22 for lunch and brunch, just as before.

RAMW’s decision to officially extend Restaurant Week comes in the midst of the ongoing federal government shutdown, which has been impacting business at many metropolitan Washington restaurants. RAMW began considering the extension after hearing from restaurant operators reporting an average 20 percent decrease in business compared to this time in 2018, with some operators reporting decreases as high as 60 percent.

“Officially extending Restaurant Week is just one way the restaurant industry is showing support during the shutdown. The promotion is helping to lift spirits as it offers a dining deal to those impacted by the shutdown and as the Restaurant Week promotion drives traffic to restaurants who are experiencing a slowdown in business,” said RAMW President/CEO Kathy Hollinger.

In addition to Restaurant Week, many restaurants are also continuing to offer specials to furloughed employees.

Guests who want to share where they are visiting during the extended Restaurant Week can use the hashtag #RWDMVExtended on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as tagging RAMW. Follow RAMW at @ramwdc on Twitter as well as Instagram for the latest updates about Restaurant Week and participating restaurants.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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