If you love Founding Farmers DC… and the popular MoCo’s Founding Farmers, Founding Farmers Tysons, and Farmers Fishers Bakers at the Georgetown Waterfront in DC… you’re going to be excited about the group’s latest announcement: Farmers & Distillers!
Targeted to open in November 2016, this latest in the collection of farmer-owned restaurants will be located at 600 Massachusetts Avenue, and shares a passion for supporting and promoting sustainable agriculture and green business practices.
In celebration of Washington, and George Washington — progressive farmer and founder of the largest distillery in America at the turn of the 18th century — the new Farmers & Distillers menu showcases cuisines from a variety of influences found all around DC. You’ll be able to taste hand-pulled noodles, shaobing (Chinese flatbread) and farmers-style dumplings (inspired from Chinatown). There will be crispy pork schnitzel in homage to the original German immigrants working on DC’s east side; And the Pot au Feu (slow cooked short rib) and Bouillabaisse are like Washington liked ‘em (…maybe?!…).
According to the owners, every decision was pulled through the filter of “What would George do?” be it with flavor, plate ware, cooking technique, or design. Guests will delight in a variety of spaces like the barn room – a quiet, intimate space inspired by the flow and twinkle of a barn bathed in candlelight – to the pleasure garden, an energetic space adjacent to the bar with beautiful botanical installations suspended from the ceiling, and the (reservation’s only!) General’s Parlor, which will offer special menus, a built in wet bar for cocktails made to order, IT equipment for business meetings, and more.
As the name suggests, Farmers & Distillers will have an on-site distillery, just as GW did at his Mt. Vernon home. Named Founding Spirits, Rick Wasmund of Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, VA is at the helm on this one, and you can expect a showcase of house-made spirits in addition to a dozen local-only beer taps and other libations.
By George, it looks like they’ve done it again!