Other than some chilling rain, the official swearing in of 45th President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol appeared to go off without a hitch.
Pockets of unrest blossomed all around town shortly thereafter as activists determined to speak out against the new administration took to the streets to exercise their First Amendment rights.
Tear gas and flash bangs as the 12 and L group moves down to 12 and K. Protesters throwing shoes. Situation not well controlled. pic.twitter.com/K6jf9OcHf3— Bill Moran (@BillMoranWrites) January 20, 2017
Rioting along lobbyist-laden K Street NW prompted beer haven Brasserie Beck to close up shop out of an abundance of caution.
Brasserie Beck, K Street, NW is closed due to DC Protestors. We have temp closed our doors for our safety. Watch live on news #Inauguration— Marcel's + Beck DC (@MarcelsBeckDC) January 20, 2017
The Belgian-themed restaurant expected to reopen for dinner service, presumably once local authorities restore a semblance of normalcy to the surrounding area.
Brasserie Beck doors temporarily closed due to protestors on K Street. Please call 202-408-1717 before coming in for dinner reservations.— Marcel's + Beck DC (@MarcelsBeckDC) January 20, 2017
Chef Daniel Boulud’s outpost in CityCenterDC elected to scrap dinner service entirely rather than invite trouble.
Due to concerns for the safety of our staff and guests with nearby protests, we will be closed for dinner tonight.— DBGB DC (@DBGBDC) January 20, 2017
The contrast between those who poured into town to demonstrate against the incoming POTUS versus those looking to celebrate his polarizing victory was rather striking.
An NBC reporter zooming past the official parade route found the path curiously vacant.
Parade route from Capital to WH. Entire stands empty. Crowd thin. pic.twitter.com/7AcpJkBO8O— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) January 20, 2017
Those angry with the outcome of the November election were much more visible.
Some brazenly set fires downtown.
Growing fire burning on K Street NW pic.twitter.com/F90QkUZpw3— Mike Madden (@MikeMadden) January 20, 2017
Others blocked passage out of the city.
Protestors shutting down 395 South. pic.twitter.com/UhoIM50AAZ— DC Maryland Virginia (@DMVFollowers) January 20, 2017
A formidable police presence provided troublemakers few places to hide.
DC Police say approx 95 people were arrested for rioting and vandalism against Trump Inauguration. pic.twitter.com/iAEFqQ0QyN— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 20, 2017
The good news?
At least one observer was able to find sanctuary amidst all the chaos.
Despite what you're seeing here, I'm just a few blocks north and it's peaceful and quiet. Mainly reporters & police in these scenes. https://t.co/h9iE1Mu6Hz— Jenna Golden (@jigolden) January 20, 2017
UPDATE: Restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier remains hopeful he’ll be able to accommodate the 140 dinner reservations currently booked at Brasserie Beck. But he stressed that he’ll only do so if things settle down.
“It's not safe for guests nor is it safe for our staff — and that is our number one priority,” he told Eater. “We have the utmost confidence that law enforcement will take control of this situation and we look forward to reopening on this historic weekend.”