Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Grey Market is alive and well in D.C.

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi at City Vista has made quite a splash since opening -- and now it's making a new one by hosting the Grey Market.

The Grey Market is a lot like the black market, though it's legal (if you sign a waiver). 

Because D.C. laws do not allow someone to sell food unless they have had a commercial-grade kitchen inspected, many people can't get businesses off the ground without substantial investment.  But as Jamie Hardin of the Washington Examiner reports, there is a loophole--those purchasing the products can simply sign a waiver.

Sunday at Kushi, the Grey Market was open.  Participants signed up through, signed the waiver, paid $2, and they were ready to buy all sorts of local and organic food.

Hardin reports it was a raging success: "the crowd was steady and shopping."

Future Grey Markets are available on, but one hasn't been scheduled yet.

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