DC will invest $4 million to try to thwart a potential restaurant apocalypse this winter. The Office of Nightlife & Culture announced Sunday night that it will give businesses $6,000 grants to help winterize their outdoor dining spaces.
The “Streatery Winter Ready Grant Program” is open to food and non-food retail businesses that have an active permit for outdoor space, whether it’s a temporary “streatery,” sidewalk cafe, or private area with a liquor license. The funds can be used to cover the costs of new tents, heaters, propane, lighting, furniture, and advertising/marketing.
The city will begin accepting applications on Monday, September 21, and will begin to disperse funds on October 1. More details are available here.