We stand with the protesters, but the show must go on, and it’s a good one! Nycci and David were joined by Shawn Townsend, DC’s director of the mayor’s office of nightlife and culture, whose initial charge was to be the “ambassador” and central point of contact between DC Government, the nightlife industry, and District residents. That said, the pandemic put DC’s hospitality industry and nightlife into the porta-potty - Shawn is helping the industry reopen responsibly, and you’ll hear how. Later in the show, one of our favorite repeat guests, Debbie Shore, cofounder and CEO of Share Our Strength and No Kid Hungry had a lot to impart about the additional food-related challenges of feeding America’s hungry – kids, in particular – in the middle of supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID 19 mess. Later in the show, chef/restaurateur/hospitality industry activist with the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) Camilla Marcus (West-bourne, in NYC) put a spotlight on the fact that, (1) with 11 million unemployed, restaurants are a top contributor to rising unemployment, (2) that only 1 in 10 restaurants has yet been able to access PPP funds, and (3) what the IRC is doing on the local and national levels to save local restaurants affected by COVID-19 shutdowns. Closer to home, Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) is forging ahead with plans to open The Roost, a multi-market concept under one roof, and Nick Farrell hadthe 411 on the ABV and other cocktails that are creating a lot of pandemic-be-damned happiness all over DC. Also joining us by Zoom was Juan Coronado, creative director and owner of the Colada Shop, a RAMMY nominee for cocktail program of the year, who whipped up a Cuban Martini that we enjoyed while socially distanced. See @Nycci Nellis on Instagram or FB for the recipe, and listen in to the full episode here.