A $9 Million Grant Means Ward 7 and 8 Expansions for DCity Smokehouse, Sala Thai, and Others

Stephanie Carter Eater, Washington D.C

Mayor Muriel Browser announced that a $49 million grant program called the Food Access Fund will help D.C. restaurants open locations in wards 7 and 8, areas bereft of many grocery and restaurant options.

The first seven recipients will divide $9 million to use toward building out a restaurant, paying rent, and hiring employees.

Ward 8

  • DCity Smokehouse will open its lauded barbecue to Anacostia. Its signature is the DCity half-smoke covered in brisket chili, cheddar-jack cheese, onions, and mustard.
  • Gourmet bakery Sweet Tooth will also open in Anacostia.

Ward 7

  • HalfSmoke will bring its half-smokes and cocktails to two new locations at Skyland Town Center and Minnesota Avenue.
  • Highlands Cafe will open a new spot in Penn Branch.
  • MLK Deli plans to bring crab cakes and hearty sandwiches to a new location in Deanwood.
  • Roots 657’s certified Master Chef Rich Rosendale will bring the cafe and market to Skyland with barbecue, burgers, and β€œpantry essentials.”
  • Sala Thai will open in the Hill East neighborhood.
  • Fresh Food Factory will bring healthy groceries to Keniworth. 

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