An influx of around 25,000 National Guard troops, an indoor dining ban, and the threat of hostility from far-right extremists that ultimately never materialized all made the 2021 inauguration for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris different than any D.C. has seen before. The following stories show how local restaurants adapted to the conditions, and what they missed on what would typically be a lucrative day for the hospitality industry.
Jan 12, 2021, 10:51am EST
Immigrant Food went above and beyond to open inside D.C.’s "red zone" on Inauguration Day
Conspiracy theorists were no match for "Born This Way"
Without tourists, packed bars, or private parties, eating and drinking businesses will miss out on thousands of dollars in sales
Some businesses determined to stay open are cautiously opening — with evacuation plans and security guards
Toast to incoming President Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris during an inauguration unlike any other
The Capitol Hill pizza shop matched a purchase by House representatives and is taking donations for more
Mayor Muriel Bowser references "public health and safety" while extending emergency measures