SHAW: Shaw Main Streets Announces Best New Shaw Business of 2015 Awards

Rito Loco Owners Louie Hankins and Daniel Diaz recive Best New Shaw Business of 2015 Award from Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander Padro and Board Member Ali Kianersi
Rito Loco wins Best New Shaw Business of 2015 Award; District Pilates and Foundry Gallery also win Awards at Shaw Main Streets Annual Meeting
Rito Loco, which offers a menu of tacos and burritos that have gained a following from DC to Miami, won the Best New Shaw Business of 2015 Award at the Shaw Main Streets Annual Meeting at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC on March 23, 2016. Owners Louie Hankins and Danny Diaz accepted the award, thanking the neighborhood for supporting their business got its start with an award-winning food truck of the same name, which is still on the streets of the DMV and has wintered in Florida.

Rito Loco's menu includes beef, chicken, fish, vegetarian, and even breakfast versions of their specialties, featuring family recipes made fresh from scratch. Unique items like avocado fries join best sellers like the Rib Rito (made with baby back pork ribs) and even salads. Unlike other burritos, Rito Loco's burritos deliver more great tasting ingredients instead of relying on extra rice as filler. So stop by 606 Florida Avenue, NW and find out why Shaw is loco for Rito Loco (Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 7am-11pm, Thursday, 7am-12am, Friday, 7am-4am, Saturday, 10am-4am, and Sunday, 10am-10pm). Or order through Uber Eats. For more information, visit
District Pilates owner Bailey Rizer accepts Award from Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander Padro
District Pilates won first runner up honors. The studio is located at 1302 9th Street, NW and offers private and group Reformer and Chair classes, from beginner to advanced. Owner Bailey Rizer is pregnant and was unable to accept the award in person. For more information on @districtpilates, visit

Foundry Gallery Board President Fran Abrams Receives 2nd Runner Up Award from Shaw Main Streets Board Member Henok Tefaye and Executive Director Alexander Padro
Foundry Gallery won the second runner up award. The 45-year-old artists cooperative gallery, which relocated from Dupont Circle last year, presents the work of established and emerging local contemporary artists in changing exhibitions each month. The gallery, located at 2118 8th Street, NW, is open Wednesday- Sunday, 1-7pm. 
Foundry Gallery Board of Directors President Fran Abrams, whose work is on exhibit at the gallery until March 27th, accepted the award at the ceremony. For more information, visit

The award winners are among 31 new businesses that opened in retail spaces in Shaw Main Streets' service area in 2015. To explore the over 300 businesses that now call Shaw home, download the free ShopinShaw mobile app from the Apple App store or GooglePlay.

This is the 10th year that Shaw Main Streets has presented awards to the three businesses that receive the most votes in an online poll. Past winners have included Nellie's Sports Bar, Beau Thai Shaw, Thally Restaurant, Seasonal Pantry, Old City Green, Cheryl Lofton and Associates, and A Divine Shine.
Shaw Main Streets a designated DC Main Streets program and is funded in part by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development Muriel E. Bowser, Mayor. For more information on Shaw Main Streets and the over 300 businesses along the Shaw neighborhood's 7th and 9th Street, NW commercial corridors, visit