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Apply Now: GMS Emergency Bridge-the-Gap Grant

April 13, 2020

Georgetown Main Street recognizes the need for an immediate cash infusion for the small businesses along the corridor during the COVID-19 crisis. The GMS Board has approved $40,000 for this emergency relief fund.


The online application goes live on Monday, April 13 at 10:00 am and closes on Wednesday April 15 at 6:00 pm. Grant recipients will be notified Thursday, April 16. Checks will be mailed by Friday, April 17. 


Eligibility Requirements:

For-Profit and Non-Profit consumer-facing small retail businesses within the Georgetown Main Street corridor are invited to apply. (This category includes restaurants, cafes, salons, etc.) To determine whether your small business falls within the corridor, enter your address here.


Ineligible Businesses:

  • Franchises or business with multiple locations
  • Auto and auto body repair or sales
  • Banks
  • Home-based business
  • Hotel
  • Government entities
  • Businesses less than 1 year in operation

Download the GMS Emergency Bridge-The-Gap one-pager here.

If you have questions about the eligibility of your business or about the application, please contact

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Curbside Pickup Made Easier

March 26, 2020

The city is setting up curbside pickup zones near restaurants to make it easier for customers to get food and beverages to go.


The District Department of Transportation has installed signage at 20 locations across the city designating temporary pick-up and drop-off zones. Here is a map of where they are located.


They will be in effect through the end of the declared public health emergency.


Additionally, DDOT said restaurants can also request a permit for a temporary pick-up and drop-off zone through their Business Improvement Districts, ANCs and Main Street organizations. DDOT has waived fees for those permits.

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Once Bank of Presidents, Riggs is Now a Luxury Hotel

February 12, 2020

Riggs Washington DC, an independent hotel from international hospitality group, Lore Group, is now open.

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Located on the downtown corner of 9th and F Street in a historic building once home to Riggs National Bank, known as the "Bank of Presidents,” the design invokes the spirit of the former bank while preserving and restoring much of the property's original design features to reimagine the storied building for the modern traveler. 


The181-room property features playful nods to the building's rich past, drawing on the parallels between the activities that take place in banks and at hotels to offer something personal and serendipitous around every corner.

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Upon entering Riggs, guests are welcomed into the building's original barrel-vaulted lobby where the hotel's expansive ceilings are adorned with impressive and elaborate coffers. A medallion of Juno Moneta, the Goddess of Money, presides over the room, while original features have been given a new lease of life and the grandeur of the building embraced to create a welcoming and inspired hotel that is deeply rooted in D.C. and its impressive history.


A total of 15 suites are available, including the two-bedroom Riggs Suite within the original bank boardroom and four 'First Lady' suites that are inspired by the eccentricities of a select few Presidents' unsung better halves: Ida McKinley's green thumb, Angelica Van Buren's opulence, Louisa Adams' intense love for music and Caroline Harrison's extensive collection of porcelain. 

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The hotel's restaurant Café Riggs is inspired by the grand brasseries of Europe, with a modern and reimagined approach that focuses on sustainable products. 

There’s also a rooftop with 2,500-square foot space of panoramic views over the city and a roof enclosure with a 1,500-square foot terrace.

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