Release Date: Jan 18, 2019

Crystal City BID Announces Lunch on Us for Federal Workers

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Amanda Rubin Deveaux,, 212-843-8591
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Crystal City BID Announces Lunch on Us for Federal Workers

Crystal City Businesses Come Together to Offer Free Meals for Federal Workers with Valid ID


Crystal City (Arlington), Va., - January 18, 2019 – As a result of the ongoing government shutdown, the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with JBG SMITH, Consumer Technology Association, Gates Hudson, The We Company, and Eastern Foundry announces Lunch On Us, offering free lunch to Federal workers with a valid government ID. Beginning Tuesday, January 22, 2019, one local restaurant per day will participate as the designated spot for Lunch On Us.

“Federal workers are the backbone of our government and important members of our community,” said Tracy Gabriel, President & Executive Director. “We hope that Lunch On Us communicates our shared appreciation while helping to ease the financial burden during the shutdown for workers and our small businesses.”

Federal workers are invited to stop in between 11:30am and 1:30pm next week for their free lunch at these Crystal City small business establishments:

The schedule and terms are subject to change. A complete schedule of participating restaurants and their offerings can be found at and will be updated as the shutdown continues, and more locations are added. Federal workers with a valid government ID and one guest are each entitled to a free meal and non-alcoholic beverage daily between 11:30am and 1:30pm throughout the program.

About the Crystal City BID
The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. As Virginia’s largest downtown, the Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard - Arlington area consists of 18.6 million square feet of office space in a mixed-use, walkable urban center that includes more than 32,000 residents, over 5,800 hotel rooms, and nearly 500 restaurants and shops. More than $342 million in public infrastructure investment and over $4 billion of private projects are in the pipeline over the next five years. The BID is supporting the exciting transformation of Crystal City through placemaking, public art, transportation, economic development, events, and marketing/promotion. For more information, visit