As many of you know, our company started out as a small, nine-stool A&W root beer stand in Washington, D.C, more than 80 years ago. We quickly evolved into the restaurant business, opening a chain called Hot Shoppes.
One of our very first Hot Shoppes was in the Columbia Heights neighborhood on 14th Street. The last Hot Shoppe closed its doors years ago, but the memory of that one on 14th Street is being commemorated as a site on the Heritage Trail of Washington, D.C.
This past Saturday, a sign was placed at the site of our Hot Shoppe and information about this location will be included in the booklet provided to visitors that walk the trails. I'm very honored that this little restaurant started by my mom and dad is now a part of the history of our nation's capital.
I hope if you're ever in town, you will take a walk on the trail and see where it all began for us.
I'm Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.