How D.C. Restaurants Are Bracing for the Inauguration Onslaught

January 19, 2017

It’s a tricky time to run a business in the capital

Thousands of people will arrive in the capital this week for Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. They’ll overtake the city — closing down streets and clogging public transportation — ready to celebrate with drinks and good food. Restaurants usually go crazy for this stuff, running gimmicky specials and hosting parties, but this time they face a dilemma: a full 90 percent of Washingtonians voted for Hillary Clinton in an election that divided Americans as never before. Their regulars have been in no mood