Mayor Bowser Celebrates Opening of Hotel Hive, 3/6/17

Mayor Bowser Celebrates Opening of Hotel Hive, 3/6/17


>>HEY, GUESS WHAT. WELCOME TO THE HOTEL HIVE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] THIS IS D.C.’S FIRST MICRO HOTEL
AND THIS IS A LIFESTYLE HOTEL AND WE’RE VERY EXCITED THAT ALL
OF YOU ARE HERE. AND WE ARE PARTICULARLY EXCITED
THAT TWO OF THE FINEST LEADERS IN THIS CITY ARE RIGHT HERE TO
HELP US CELEBRATE TODAY. THIS IS A TRUE D.C. SUCCESS
STORY BECAUSE NEARLY EVERY INCH OF THIS BUILDING SPEAKS DIRECTLY
TO D.C. AND WHAT D.C. IS ALL ABOUT. IT’S THIS HOTEL AND THIS BUILDING REPRESENTS THE
CONVERGENCE OF A MULTITUDE OF COMPANIES THAT HELPED MAKE THIS
CONCEPT HAPPEN. I’M GOING TO GO BY ALPHABETICAL
ORDER. THE FIRST COMPANY THAT MADE THIS
HAPPEN IS ABDO DEVELOPMENT. I’M JIM ABDO, PRESIDENT AND CEO. MY COMPANY WAS FOUNDED HERE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 30
YEARS AGO. YEAH, THAT GIVES YOU AN IDEA HOW
OLD I AM. WE ARE SO PROUD THAT WE ARE A
CBE. WE HAVE BEEN A CBE IN THIS CITY
FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS, WHICH IS A CERTIFIED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE. WE ARE PARTNERING WITH ANOTHER — WE ARE PARTNERING
WITH ANOTHER REALLY GREAT D.C. SUCCESS STORY. AND BY THE WAY, ABDO DEVELOPMENT, 80% OF OUR
EMPLOYEES ARE D.C. RESIDENTS. AND WE HIRE FROM ALL OF THE
COMMUNITIES WHERE WE WORK, INCLUDING RIGHT HERE IN FOGGY
BOTTOM. THAT’S WHY WE PARTNERED WITH
ANOTHER GREAT D.C. STORY IN &PIZZA. MICHAEL LASTORIA, THE FOUNDER OF &PIZZA IS HERE.
&PIZZA IS ALL ABOUT D.C. THAT’S WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THEM
AND THAT’S WHY THEY ARE HERE WITH US. AND THEY HAVE OPENED THEIR 20th LOCATION. AGAIN, D.C. SUCCESS STORY, 20 LOCATIONS NOW HERE. AND THERE’S ONE IN GEORGETOWN RIGHT NEXT TO YOU, JACK, SO
YOU’RE HAPPY. SO ARE YOUR KIDS. OUR HOTEL MANAGEMENT COMPANY D.C. BASE, WE COULD HAVE GONE TO
ANYBODY TO BE A HOTEL MANAGER. WE LOOKED LOCAL AND GOT THE BEST
COMPANY WITH MODIS, THEIR CEO IS HERE, AS WELL AS THEIR PRESIDENT
IS HERE AND WE CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT MODIS. THEY ARE A TOP-NOTCH HOTEL COMPANY, SO THANK YOU TO THEM. WE ALSO HAVE AGAIN PERMANENT ART INSTALLATIONS IN THIS HOTEL. I AM CLAUSTROPHOBIC SO I MADE OUR ELEVATOR CAB ALL GLASS AND
YOU CAN LOOK THROUGH TO THE ELEVATOR SHAFT AND EVERY LEVEL
THAT YOU GO UP THROUGH IS ALL DONE BY A LOCAL D.C. ARTIST AND
THAT ALL HAPPENED IN CONJUNCTION WITH US WORKING WITH TONYA
HILTON AND THE GOOD PEOPLE AT CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
CORPORATION. SHE HELPED US SELECT GREAT
ARTISTS TO BE PART OF A PERMANENT INSTALLATION HERE IN
THE D.C. HIVE. THE OTHER THING THAT’S ALL D.C.
IS OUR BAR IS NOT A DIVE BAR AND LOOKING AT ALL OF YOU, YOU LOOK
LIKE YOU SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN DIVE BARS. THIS IS THE HIVE BAR. AND THE HIVE BAR IS COOL. WHY ASK COOL? BECAUSE YOU CAN’T WALK INTO THE
HIVE BAR AND SAY, HEY, GIVE ME A TANGER AND TONIC. FORGET ABOUT IT. HERE YOU DRINK D.C.-BASED
LOCALLY SOURCED DISTILLED COCKTAILS, LIQUORS, RIGHT ON.
AND THE MAYOR IS GOING TO BE MAKING ONE FOR US TONIGHT, OKAY? IN FACT, WE’RE GOING TO BE FEATURING THE ONLY FEMALE-OWNED
DISTILLERY WITH CIVIC VODKA WHICH IS A RATHER KEY INGREDIENT
TO WHAT THE MAYOR IS GOING TO BE MAKING FOR US BEHIND THE BAR
TONIGHT. SO IT’S ALL ABOUT D.C.
THIS IS A D.C. CENTRIC HOTEL THAT HAS CREATED A LOT OF D.C.
JOBS. WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT WE’RE
DOING WITH THIS BUILDING — AND WE BROUGHT THIS BUILDING BACK TO
LIFE. WE HAVE CREATED — WHEN YOU ADD
IT ALL UP, 100 PERMANENT AND PART-TIME D.C. JOBS JUST OUT OF
THIS BUILDING ALONE. BUT BEYOND THE PERMANENT JOBS,
WHEN WE BUILT IT, WE WERE ALL ABOUT D.C. I TOLD YOU WE’RE A CBE. WE LOOK TO SMALL, LOCAL
COMPANIES. AND SO MANY OF THEM HERE TODAY. J.C. PLUMBING AND MECHANICAL, CNA ELECTRIC, ALS MASONRY,
HINSON DESIGN. I KNOW MR. HINSON IS HERE
TONIGHT. HE DID ALL THE COOL LIGHTING YOU
SEE HERE. MARYLAND INTERNATIONAL GLASS,
I’VE GOT A REAL PROBLEM WITH THEM. THEY’VE GOT TO CHANGE THEIR NAME TO D.C. INTERNATIONAL GLASS. [LAUGHTER] ECHO EARTH PAINTING AND CIRCLE
LIGHTING. ALL THESE COOL LIGHT FIXTURES
WERE ALL SOURCED WITH THEM. AND WE’RE MOVING ON. THIS IS GOING TO BE QUICK. AND I WOULD BE REMISS WITHOUT
TALKING ABOUT OUR LENDER, AS MUCH AS I SPENT A LOT OF MY OWN
MONEY ON THIS, I ACTUALLY HAD TO GO TO THE BANK. AND I WENT WITH A LOCAL, LOCAL REGIONAL LENDER WITH CARDINAL
BANK. I WANT TO THANK CARDINAL FOR ALL
THEY HAVE DONE TO INVEST IN THIS CITY FOR YEARS. [APPLAUSE] YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT, THEY GET
D.C. AND THEY ARE WILLING TO INVEST IN IT.
AND AMONG ALL THE PEOPLE THAT I HAVE MENTIONED, PROBABLY MY
FAVORITE SUBCONTRACTOR, TEAM MEMBER THAT I HAVE WAS THE D.C.
SCHOOLS, THAT’S RIGHT, DCPS. AMONG EVERYBODY WE WORKED WITH,
WE WORKED WITH D.C. PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
PROGRAM HERE AT HOTEL HIVE. [APPLAUSE] AND WE DID IT TWO YEARS IN A
ROW. IT TOOK TWO YEARS TO BUILD THIS
AND WE HAVE THE MOST WONDERFUL SUMMER INTERNS THAT GOT TO LEARN
EVERYTHING ABOUT CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT RIGHT ALONGSIDE
US. ANY OF YOU BUSINESS OWNERS OUT
THERE RIGHT NOW, IF YOU DO NOT ENGAGE WITH D.C. PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM, YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU
ARE MISSING. IT IS WONDERFUL. FOR THEM AND FOR YOU. SO NOW WITHOUT FURTHER ABDO — I
MEAN WITHOUT FURTHER ADO — [LAUGHTER]
I ALWAYS GET THAT WRONG, I’M SO SORRY. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THREE REALLY GREAT QUEEN BEES THAT ARE
HERE WITH ME TODAY. FIRST MY WIFE, MAI. MAI IS MY PARTNER AND SHE’S THE REASON THAT THE HOTEL HIVE IS
COOL. IT’S NOT ME. ALL THIS COOL INTERIOR DESIGN CAME FROM HER AND SHE ALSO CAME
UP WITH THE NAME, SO BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR MY WIFE MAI. [APPLAUSE] THE SECOND QUEEN BEE IS OUR
HOTEL MANAGER SOPHIE AND SHE RUNS THIS THING LIKE CLOCK WORK. I THINK MODIS FOR GIVING US SUCH AN INCREDIBLE GEORGETOWN
UNDERGRAD, GEORGETOWN GRAD, D.C. GIRL AND SHE IS DRIVING THIS
THING DOWN LIKE YOU CAN’T BELIEVE. THANK YOU, SOPHIE. [APPLAUSE] AND NOW OUR V.I.P. QUEEN BEE,
NOBODY RUNS THIS CITY BETTER THAN OUR MAYOR. AND AS A DEVELOPER, I CAN TELL YOU IT TAKES CONFIDENCE TO SPEND
MONEY AND DO PROJECTS LIKE THIS AND OTHER PROJECTS ALL AROUND
THE CITY. AND IT ALSO TAKES CONFIDENCE
THAT WE GET FROM HAVING TREMENDOUS CONFIDENCE IN OUR
LEADERSHIP. AND I AM TELLING YOU, I HAVE
BEEN WORKING IN THE CITY FOR 30 YEARS AND THIS IS GREAT
LEADERSHIP STANDING UP HERE RIGHT NOW.
AND I CAN TELL YOU, ALSO, THAT WHEN IT COMES TO THIS MAYOR,
THIS IS A MAYOR THAT UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, BUT SHE DOES THIS WITH A VERY BALANCED APPROACH,
WITH A COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY. AND I MEAN A COMMITMENT TO ALL
COMMUNITIES. SHE IS A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR
AFFORDABLE HOUSING. SHE’S ALL ABOUT D.C. JOB
CREATION. SHE’S A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE
ARTS AND D.C.’S GROWING CREATIVE CLASS. SHE CARES ABOUT EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND THE SUCCESS OF OUR
SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC SAFETY. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I
PROBABLY LOVE MOST OF ALL ABOUT THIS MAYOR IS HER SUPPORT FOR
D.C. RIGHTS BEFORE CONGRESS. SHE IS NOT AFRAID TO BE FORCEFUL
WHEN IF COMES TO VOTING RIGHTS AND EQUAL REPRESENTATION FOR THE
CITIZENS OF THIS CITY. AND I LOVE HER FOR THAT. [APPLAUSE] SO FOR THESE REASONS AND SO MANY
MORE, IT IS A TREMENDOUS PLEASURE FOR ME TO INTRODUCE TO
YOU MY MAYOR AND YOUR MAYOR, MURIEL BOWSER.>>MAYOR: THANK YOU.>>ABSOLUTELY.>>MAYOR: WHAT A GREAT INTRODUCTION. [APPLAUSE] WELL, GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY. LET’S HEAR IT FOR JIM ABDO AND ABDO DEVELOPMENT. GIVE HIM A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE] AND THAT EXCITEMENT CAN ONLY,
YOU KNOW, I GUESS BE EXPLAINED BY SOMEONE PUTTING AND POURING
HIS LIFE AND ENERGY AND WORKING WITH MAI AND HIS WHOLE TEAM TO
MAKE SURE HE DELIVERS A FANTASTIC PROJECT FOR THE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. I WAS THINKING I’M COMING UP ON
10 YEARS, JACK — NOTHING CLOSE TO YOU BUT 10 YEARS IN ELECTED
OFFICE THIS MAY. AND SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE
BEEN INTRODUCED AND TALKING ABOUT DEVELOPMENT AND
TRANSFORMING OUR CITY I HAVE KNOWN SINCE THOSE VERY EARLY
DAYS. AND WHAT WE HAVE SHARED IN
COMMON LIKE JIM AND SO MANY OTHERS WHO HAVE TAKEN CHANCES ON
NEIGHBORHOODS AND ON PROJECTS AND ON CONCEPTS IS THAT A CITY
THAT CONTINUOUSLY GROWS AND ADAPTS IS A CITY THAT WILL HAVE
A VERY LONG AND PROSPEROUS FUTURE. AND THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SO FOCUSED ON IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
SO FOR ALL OF US — AND IT IS TRUE THAT I AM BULLISH ABOUT
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, BUT I’M ALSO BULLISH ABOUT MAKING SURE
ALL WASHINGTONIANS ACROSS ALL EIGHT WARDS AND ALL OF OUR
BUSINESSES CAN PARTICIPATE IN THAT PROSPERITY. SO I WANT TO THANK YOU, JIM, FOR YOUR FOCUS ON KEEPING D.C. KIDS
INVOLVED, D.C. BUSINESSES INVOLVED AND BRINGING TO D.C. THE MICRO HOTEL CONCEPT. ELLIOTT FERGUSON IS IN THE
AUDIENCE AND HE IS OUR DESTINATION D.C. DIRECTOR. IT’S HIS JOB TO SELL THIS DESTINATION. IT’S OUR JOB TO MAKE IT AN EASY SELL. AND THAT IS WHAT WE FOCUS ON EACH AND EVERY DAY.
AND IT’S NOT A NICETY. OUR HOTEL AND TOURISM INDUSTRY
HAS BEEN GROWING FOR FIVE STRAIGHT YEARS EVERY YEAR WE
BREAK A RECORD. OVER 20 MILLION PEOPLE COMING TO
WASHINGTON, D.C. THEY STAY IN HOTELS, THEY GO TO
OUR RESTAURANTS. THEY GO TO OUR MUSEUMS. THEY GO BACK HOME AND TELL THEIR FRIENDS HOW GREAT A TIME THEY
HAD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AND THEY NEED A LOT OF CHOICES. WE DON’T JUST WANT THEM DOWN ON THE MALL. WE WANT THEM IN BEAUTIFUL FOGGY BOTTOM. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE CAN DO WITH PROJECTS LIKE THIS. NOW, THE D.C. GOVERNMENT, WE DON’T BUILD HOTELS. AND THAT’S WHY WE NEED RESPONSIBLE AND CREATIVE PEOPLE
TO BRING GREAT PROJECTS LIKE THIS TO OUR CITY. OUR CITY HAS NEVER DONE BETTER FROM A FISCAL STANDPOINT. WE HAD OUR BEST QUARTER EVER AT THE END OF LAST YEAR. SO THAT BEGS FOR ALL OF US TO STAY FOCUSED ON HOW WE CAN MAKE
CRITICAL INVESTMENTS TO KEEP GROWTH AND PROSPERITY, BUT ALSO
MAKE SURE WE HAVE EQUITABLE GROWTH AND PROSPERITY. SO WHEN I THINK ABOUT OUR HOSPITALITY NEEDS, WE STAY
FOCUSED ON MAKING THE GOVERNMENT INVESTMENTS IN SAFETY AND GREAT
AMENITIES AND GREAT TRANSPORTATION AND IN PROMOTING
OUR DESTINATION ACROSS THE GLOBE. JACK AND I HAVE OURSELVES WITH DESTINATION D.C. AND OTHERS, YOU
KNOW, WE’LL GO ANYWHERE, RIGHT, JACK? FAIRFAX COUNTY, SILVER SPRINGS, CHINA —
>>CUBA.>>MAYOR: CUBA TO TALK ABOUT OUR
DESTINATION SO WE CAN HAVE PEOPLE COMING HERE TO STAY AT
THIS WONDERFUL HOTEL. AND I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT
&PIZZA.>>YEAH! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>MAYOR: &PIZZA IS THE STORY WE
LIKE TO TELL. NOW, IT IS PART OF OUR JOB IN
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO ATTRACT BUSINESSES TO D.C. THE OTHER WAY WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT IS LOOK AT THE
SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES AND HELP THEM JUST REPLICATE THEMSELVES
AND DO IT RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON. AND THAT’S THE STORY OF &PIZZA. AND JUST TO TELL YOU WHERE THEIR
HEART IS OVER THE SUMMER WHEN THE COUNCIL AND I SAID IT’S FAIR
IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY HAS A GOOD WAGE AND WE
SET OURSELVES ON A PATH TO HAVE OUR MINIMUM WAGE TO BE $15 PER
HOUR BY 2020. AND WE WERE LOOKING FOR A
BUSINESS TO HIGHLIGHT. AND &PIZZA SAID WE’RE IN, COME
TO OUR BUSINESS, WE’LL TELL THE WORLD HOW IT WORKS AND HOW IT’S
GOOD FOR BUSINESS TO BE FAIR TO YOUR EMPLOYEES. AND SO THIS IS JUST A PERFECT SUMMATION OF WHAT GOOD
DEVELOPMENT DOES. IT INCORPORATES ART. IT WORKS WITH SMALL AND LOCAL BUSINESSES. AND EVEN WORKS WITH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, SO THAT THEY TOO CAN
FIND THEIR TRUE HEART’S PASSION AND THEIR PATHWAY TO THE MIDDLE
CLASS. CONGRATULATIONS, JIM. CONGRATULATIONS, ABDO. [APPLAUSE] AND I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR WHAT A
VERY SUCCESSFUL COUNCILMEMBER WHO HAS FOUGHT FOR ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT ALL ACROSS D.C. — HE DESERVES A LOT OF CREDIT FOR
THE RENAISSANCE OF WASHINGTON, D.C., MY FRIEND, JACK EVANS. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, MAYOR. FIRST OF ALL, GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY!
AND LET’S GIVE OUR MAYOR ANOTHER BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE. MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER DOING A FABULOUS JOB LEADING WHAT IS THE
MOST DYNAMIC CITY IN AMERICA TODAY, WASHINGTON, D.C.!
AND, YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER THIS PLACE. ACTUALLY ME AND PIERRE L’ENFANT STAYED HERE BACK IN THE DAY WHEN
HE FIRST CAME TO THE CAPITAL AND HELPED DESIGN IT. IT WAS A BIT RUN DOWN EVEN BACK THEN. AND THEN WENT ON TO BECOME A FLOPHOUSE. AND REALLY BROUGHT THE NEIGHBORHOOD UP, SO THAT WAS
IMPORTANT. AND THEN JIM CAME HERE. AND THE REST IS HISTORY. SO I AM VERY PLEASED TO HAVING
REPRESENTED FOGGY BOTTOM FOR NOW 26 YEARS, TO SEE WHAT A
TRANSFORMATION WE HAVE HAD IN OUR CITY. AND YOU ONLY HAVE TO GO ACROSS OUR CITY TO SEE THE ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, THE VIBRANCY, THIS IS A CITY ADDING 800 PEOPLE A
MONTH WHERE EVERY OTHER U.S. CITY IS LOSING PEOPLE. IT’S A CITY REALLY ON THE MOVE SO IT’S EXCITING TO BE HERE TO
SEE ANOTHER PROJECT IN THE CITY THAT IS REALLY GOING FORWARD. AND I WANT TO AGAIN ADD MY THANKS TO JIM AND MAI. GIVE THEM ANOTHER ROUND OF APPLAUSE. YOU CAN’T APPLAUD THEM ENOUGH. [APPLAUSE] FOR THEIR WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL
VISION. I REMEMBER JIM WHEN HE WAS OVER
AT LOGAN’S CENTER TRYING TO BUILD A CONDO. YOU RENTED ME A STORE ONCE WHEN I WAS RUNNING FOR ELECTION. HE’S DONE A GREAT JOB IN EXPANDING HIS REPERTOIRE BEYOND
LOGAN CIRCLE, TO THE WHOLE REGION AND HAS DONE A GREAT JOB. CONRAD, MY NEIGHBOR, THANK YOU FOR MANAGING THE HOTEL. HE DOES A GREAT JOB. HIS FAMILY HAS BEEN HERE FOR
GENERATIONS DOING ALL THAT. AND NOW &PIZZA, YOU’RE RIGHT
DOWN THE BLOCK FROM WHERE I LIVE IN GEORGETOWN. YES. SO THERE YOU GO. SO DOMINO’S IS GONE, YOU KNOW. IT’S &, &PIZZA. SO THEY ARE MY NEW FAVORITE CHOICE WHEN I’M RUNNING ON MY
RUNS. STOP IN AND GET A PIZZA AND ON
MY WAY HOME. SO WHEN MY KIDS ARE ALL IN
COLLEGE, THEY WILL BE HOME FOR THE SUMMER AND THAT WILL BE ONE
OF THE PLACES WE COME OVER AND VISIT. SO ENOUGH SAID. WHEN YOU’RE THIS FAR DOWN IN THE
PROGRAM, IT’S ALL BEEN SAID. [LAUGHTER]
IT’S ALL ABOUT SAID, BUT NOT BY ME. BUT I’VE SAID AS MUCH AS I WILL. BUT CONGRATULATIONS. THE ONLY THING MORE I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IS THIS. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO DRINK THE DRINK THAT THE MAYOR MIXES. SO THAT’S WHAT MY ROLE IS HERE. IS THAT TAKING A CHANCE? I DON’T KNOW. MAYBE NOT. NO, IT WILL BE GOOD. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS. THANK YOU, JIM.>>THANK YOU, JACK. SO VERY QUICKLY WE’RE GOING TO WRAP UP IN ONE SECOND. I DO WANT TO INTRODUCE MICHAEL LASTORIA JUST TO SAY A FEW
WORDS, THE CEO AND FOUNDER OF &PIZZA. I WALKED INTO HIS STORE FOUR AND A HALF YEARS AGO ON H STREET. I KNEW I HAD THIS BUILDING. I KNEW I HAD TO FIGURE OUT A WAY
TO PROGRAM IT FROM A FOOD AND BEVERAGE STANDPOINT THAT WOULD
MAKE SENSE FOR OUR BRAND AT THE HOTEL HIVE. I CAN TELL YOU THE SECOND I WALKED IN AND SAW WHAT HE WAS
DOING, I THOUGHT IT WAS THE MOST BRILLIANT FAST CASUAL CONCEPT I
HAD EVER SEEN. I LOVE IT. HE’S A WONDERFUL GUY, MICHAEL LASTORIA. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>I’LL KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET. BUT THANK YOU, JIM. THANK YOU, MAI, AND ALL OF ABDO
DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS. THIS DOESN’T GET BUILT, YOU KNOW. THANK YOU
FOR GIVING ME THE LOVE AND ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT TO
DO WHAT I DO EVERY SINGLE DAY AND DELIVER AMAZING, AMAZING
EXPERIENCES TO WASHINGTON, D.C. AND A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF
YOU GUYS FOR COMING OUT, FOR THE D.C. GOVERNMENT AND MAYOR
BOWSER, THANK YOU FOR THE KIND WORDS AND SHOWING YOUR SUPPORT. AND LASTLY TO ALL THE LITTLE GIANTS, THE LITTLE GIANTS IS A
TERM THAT WE COINED A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO TO TALK ABOUT ALL THE
SPECIAL LIKE-MINDED BRANDS DOING BIG THINGS IN THE COMMUNITIES
THAT WE ALL SERVE AND THEY ALL SERVE AS WELL. SO A BIG PART OF WHY YOU SEE EVERYTHING HERE, CURATED FROM
THE LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY BECAUSE THAT’S
VERY NEAR AND DEAR TO OUR HEART. WE WERE FOUNDED ON H STREET
NORTHEAST IN THE ATLAS DISTRICT IN JULY OF 2012. THE COMMUNITY HAD AN UNBELIEVABLE OUTPOURING OF
SUPPORT AND HELPED TO REALLY LIFT UP THIS BRAND EVER SINCE
THEN. SO I’M INCREDIBLY PROUD WITH JIM
AND MAI AND ALL OF TEAM ABDO AND &PIZZA TO BE SHOWCASING THE BEST
BREWERIES AND DISTILLERIES THIS TOWN HAS. BY THE WAY, THERE’S A LOT OF THEM. BECAUSE DRINKS DON’T DRINK THEMSELVES, MAYOR BOWSER, WE’RE
GOING TO HAVE YOURS. LET’S GET THE RIBBON OUT.>>ALL RIGHT, FOLKS. WE WILL OPEN THE FRONT DOOR. MAYOR BOWSER, WE WILL GIVE YOU A GIFT FROM US. THIS IS YOUR OWN GOLD HOTEL HIVE PIN. WHEN YOU WEAR THESE, IT IS A VERY GOOD CHANCE YOU’LL BE ASKED
TO CARRY SOMEONE’S LUGGAGE UP TO THEIR ROOM. WE’RE GOING TO CUT THIS RIBBON AND YOU GUYS WILL COME RUNNING
THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME
COCKTAILS. ONE, TWO, THREE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]


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