Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lime Fresh Grill ribbon cutting on Aug. 28 with Mayor Gray

Lime Fresh Grill, the fast casual Mexican spot coming to DCUSA, is opening soon! I just got a press release that they'll be open Aug 28 at 10 am. The spot, which is between Radio Shack and Payless, has locations throughout the Southeast and serves quesadillas, tacos, burritos and fajitas -- here's the menu on their site.

I've written about them before, they're going to have booze and a really great happy hour: every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5-7pm, they'll have $2 Mexican beer and $3 margaritas and sangria. Food will be on special then too, things like $2 tacos and the like. Pretty sweet deal, especially for booze.

Here's more about the ribbon-cutting, in which you'll also be getting what sounds like a campaign speech from Gray.


Lime Fresh Mexican Grill® Partners with Mayor Gray and His One City ● One Hire Initiative – Mayor Gray to Attend Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, August 28 Celebrating the District’s Lowest Unemployment Rate in Three and a Half Years

Washington, DC (August 23, 2012) – Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, the popular Florida-based fast-casual Mexican concept, will celebrate the opening of its first District location in Columbia Heights (there are two other locations in the metro area) with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 28th with Mayor Gray.  The South Beach bred concept has partnered with the Mayor and his team to utilize and promote his One City ● One Hire initiative, a program directed at putting DC residents back to work – Lime Columbia Heights has hired 30 DC residents for their team. The ribbon cutting also serves as a celebration of DC’s lowest unemployment rate in the last three and a half years.

“We are excited to open our first location in the district,” said Mike Hedrick, director for Lime. “Working with the Mayor’s team for assistance with staffing has been a tremendous help. The One City ● One Hire program is truly an asset to local business owners, and we appreciate all of the insight to the local market that it has offered.”

The ribbon cutting will take place at 10AM on the 28th, and will include remarks from the Mayor, as well as from Mike Hedrick of Lime.

Famous for its signature blend of fresh, mouth-watering Mexican dishes, dynamic ambiance, stylized interiors and scrupulous service, Lime was originally conceived in 2004 to complement the vibrant and food-conscious culture of South Beach.  Lime has garnered a following from locals and celebrities alike, by serving Mexican-style cuisine using only the freshest ingredients, and charbroils on grills in an exhibition-style kitchen. Additionally, all locations feature a signature homemade salsa bar and 50 variations of hot sauces. Guests have the option of whole wheat, multi-grain or low-carb items, and everything on the menu has 0 Trans fat.

“The expansion of Lime into Columbia Heights is more evidence that the District of Columbia continues to grow and prosper – and District residents from all walks of life are benefitting from that growth,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “I want to thank Lime for their enthusiastic participation in our innovative One City ● One Hire program, which is one of the reasons that unemployment in the District continues to decline even as it stagnates or increases in the vast majority of other states.”

Due to the DC’s unemployment rate reaching historic levels, Mayor Gray launched One City ● One Hire in September 2011 to address the urgent need to put people back to work during these difficult economic times. The ambitious, employer-driven hiring initiative simply asks Washington metropolitan area employers to hire at least one unemployed District resident.  To assist employers, the Department of Employment Services (DOES) connects employer partners with services to help facilitate hiring matches and offers a number of incentives, including: tax credits, wage reimbursements, wage and training subsidies and pre-screening events to ensure employers get the qualified candidates they seek.  To date, 764 employers have joined this effort, and 3,750 District residents have been hired.

"We are thrilled to welcome Lime Fresh to Columbia Heights, and we are pleased that the company has partnered with us to hire 30 District residents," said DOES Director, Lisa Maria Mallory. "This type of partnership is what makes Mayor Gray's One City One Hire initiative work, and we look forward to a long-lasting relationship with Lime Fresh."

Columbia Height’s Lime Fresh Mexican Grill will officially open for business on Wednesday, August 29th and is located at 3100 14th Street NW, within the DC USA shopping center.  Additionally, the company has locations in FloridaAlabamaGeorgiaNorth Carolina and Virginia. Additional locations are planned for MarylandOhio and Kentucky.

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.  For information about Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, please visit the company website  

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