HUNGRY LOBBYIST

REVIEW: FARMERS & DISTILLERS

“Their goal is to “transform the American dining experience by unbundling the industrial food chain and taking us back to our roots: family farms and natural products.” They do just that in the quality of the food they prepare.”


OpenTable

Rise and Shine: 10 Breakfast-Inspired CocktAils to Drink Any Time of Day

“Get your motor runnin’ with this high-octane fuel. It’s forged from distilled-in-house Founding Spirits vodka, cold brew coffee, coconut milk, coffee syrup, and cognac. Pairs well with doughnuts – a phrase that always makes us smile.”


Washingtonian

These Are Readers’ Favorite Places to Eat and Drink Around D.C.


Imbibe

Negroni Week: Farmers & Distillers Negroni Sour

“Farmers & Distillers offers an all-you-can-eat farmers market brunch buffet on Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet includes breakfast fried rice, assorted scrambles, yogurt parfaits, fresh donuts, bruleed grapefruits, sticky pork riblets, and assorted dips. There’s also a variety of communal cocktails.”


Eater

35 Essential brunches in D.C.

“Farmers & Distillers offers an all-you-can-eat farmers market brunch buffet on Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet includes breakfast fried rice, assorted scrambles, yogurt parfaits, fresh donuts, bruleed grapefruits, sticky pork riblets, and assorted dips. There’s also a variety of communal cocktails.”


OpenTable

Big Sippin’: 11 Large Format Cocktails Great for Group Drinking

“Whether there are two, four, or six tipplers in your group, the Suffering Candidate can be scaled up to accommodate. Made with Founding Farmers rye whiskey and Founding Farmers gin, it gets a zingy-sweet boost from lemon, ginger, and cane syrup. Served over pebbled ice, it’s garnished with candied ginger and fresh mint.”


Washington City Paper

Best of D.C. Poll 2017

Farmers & Distillers won Best New Restaurant in Washington City Paper’s Best of DC Poll!


DC Refined

5 places to eat and drink like an American colonist

“Is George Washington the new Thomas Jefferson? Perhaps so, considering the new spotlight cast upon Washington’s farming experiments, plus his mill and distillery, all of which formed the foundation for this newest installment from the Founding Farmers restaurant group.”


Brightest Young Things

Where to get breakfast (not brunch) in D.C.

“Farmers & Distillers knows its role. This is a good thing. For the nearby office workers and the commuters heading to the Chinatown or Convention Center Metro stations, stop in for a donut (they’re made in house and moist and what you want in a donut) and special-t0-Farmer’s Compass Coffee First Bake Blend. It’s hard to go wrong with fresh donuts and Compass Coffee.”


OpenTable

Hail to the Chief: 6 Presidentially Inspired D.C. Restaurants for Presidents’ Day

“The first thing you see when you walk through the door is a host stand emblazoned with the George Washington quote, “I’d rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.” It’s the first of many nods to America’s first president.”


DC Refined

7 tucked away tables and intimate private dining rooms

“Starting behind the bar, diners follow a “yellow brick road” downstairs and through the kitchen to this hideaway with seating for 16. The menu is either served family style or coursed out individually (don’t forget to order a selection of the house-made doughnuts).”


Lyft

D.C.’s top Valentines Day Destinations

Farmers & Distillers named one of DC’s top dining destinations for Valentine’s Day.


Eater

PARKING IS A BREEZE AT THESE D.C. RESTAURANTS

“The latest addition from the Founding Farmers crew is an enormous restaurant in downtown D.C. The food and drink harken back to America’s earliest days, and the parking, like our great nation, is free too. Be on the lookout for the PMI- Parking garage, located in the same building.”


GQ

YOUNG, HOT GEORGE WASHINGTON WITH A MAN BUN IS HERE TO RUIN EVERYTHING

“But now one brave D.C. restaurant, Farmers & Distillers, is willing to ask the toughest question about our founding father: What if he were a hot guy?”

Smithsonian Magazine

IN THIS NEW PORTRAIT, GEORGE WASHINGTON TRADES HIS CURLS FOR A MAN BUN

“The first president turns hipster at a new D.C. restaurant”


Washingtonian

HERE ARE HOT GEORGE WASHINGTON’S BEST PICK UP LINES

“What would George Washington be like as a hot millennial with a man bun? Apparently, an internet sensation! After we posted a photo of the hipster George portrait commissioned by Farmers & Distillers yesterday, everyone seemed to have an opinion.”


NY Magazine

“YOUNG GEORGE WASHINGTON LOOKS LIKE HE WOULD CONSTANTLY TEXT YOU ‘U UP?'”

“Artist Nathan Loda was commissioned to create an oil painting of a 20-something George Washington for D.C. restaurant Farmers & Distillers and he delivered, man-bun and all.”


DC Refined

5 NEW BRUNCHES YOU NEED TO TRY IN 2017

“The Founding Farmers team moves into Mount Vernon Square with a vodka distillery and a history-rich menu inspired by George Washington and nearby Chinatown.”


Washingtonian

DC RESTAURANT COMMISSIONS PORTRAIT OF HOT GEORGE WASHINGTON WITH A MAN BUN

“If George Washington was 25 years old today, he’d have a man bun, wear Wayfarer sunglasses, and drink whiskey from Founding Farmers. At least that’s the fantasy envisioned by the team at the new Farmers & Distillers. The owners commissioned an oil painting of America’s Founding Father as a millennial from local artist Nathan Loda to hang in the Washington-themed dining room of their Chinatown restaurant, bar, and distillery.”


Entrepreneur

5 TIPS FOR DEALING WITH EXPLOSIVE GROWTH

“‘The most important way to manage your growth is to keep your communication channels open, all across your business. Sharing information and reinforcing the vision is important, but listening, truly listening, may be even more important. You need to keep a pulse on your staff, see through their eyes on specifics, and know what the general mood is,’ explains Simons.”


Washingtonian

20 THINGS TO LOOK FOR AT FARMERS & DISTILLERS

Caviar? Cacio e pepe? Shrimp and grits? Steak? Pizza? Chinese dumplings? This menu covers it all—and then some. “You might look at this menu and think it’s all over the place,” co-owner Dan Simons says. “But we can point at any menu item, and I can say, ‘Here’s how it connects.’”


Washington City Paper

FIND 40 COCKTAILS ON THE FARMERS & DISTILLERS DRINK LIST

“The cocktail list is organized by five spirit categories and each drink incorporates at least one spirit produced either in-house or with partner distilleries, including rye whiskey and gin made by Copper Fox Distillery; pisco made in collaboration with Macchu Pisco; and Founding Spirits vodka and amaro (a bitter herbal liqueur) made on site.”

Tasting Table

16 HOT, NEW RESTAURANTS TO TRY THIS WEEK

“Calling all history buffs, the Founding Farmers team has combined a distillery and restaurant under one roof, making whiskey and gin, and serving it with food that George Washington might have encountered throughout the centuries (yes, it’s a bit out there). The menu ranges from oysters to dumplings to ahi tuna poke.”


Eater

THE EARLY WORD ON FARMERS & DISTILLERS


DCist

FIRST LOOK: FARMERS & DISTILLERS TRIES TO ANSWER “WHAT WOULD GEORGE WASHINGTON DO?”

“The dishes are inspired by a wide-ranging vision of Washington’s taste: European cooking is a callback to the first president’s lifetime when the elite coveted French flavors, Southern cuisine offers a deep, unflinching gratitude to the enslaved people that forged a vibrant food culture in America, and Chinese elements are a nod to the restaurant’s proximity to the Chinatown neighborhood.”


Brightest Young Things

FIRST LOOK: FARMERS & DISTILLERS

“Farmers & Distillers knows its role. This is a good thing. For the nearby office workers and the commuters heading to the Chinatown or Convention Center Metro stations, stop in for a donut (they’re made in house and moist and what you want in a donut) and special-t0-Farmer’s Compass Coffee First Bake Blend. It’s hard to go wrong with fresh donuts and Compass Coffee.”


Eater

PRIME PICKS FOR PRIME CUTS OF STEAK IN D.C.

“This Mt. Vernon Triangle spot debuted in December with a prime rib roast beef supper. The 10 oz. prime rib dish is served with creamed spinach, peas and lashings, whipped potatoes, glazed carrots, gravy, and Yorkshire pudding.”


OPENTABLE

HISTORY, HIGH-LEVEL HOSPITALITY & HOUSE-MADE HOOCH: INSIDE D.C.’S FARMERS & DISTILLERS

“The restaurant’s main menu is characteristically ambitious and contains no crossover from their other eateries. “The thought of replicating the same thing is so entirely boring to me and [co-owner] Mike Vucurevich,” says Simons. “And it’s boring to the kind of people we want to work with. Repetition doesn’t attract the coolest, most interesting talent.””


OpenTable

HOUSE-MADE SPIRITS, SHAOBING & UNIQUE DINING SPACE: DAN SIMONS TALKS FARMERS & DISTILLERS

“After two and a half years in the making, Dan Simons — the restaurateur behind the wildly popular Founding Farmers — is finally opening his brand new concept, Farmers & Distillers, in Washington, D.C.’s Mount Vernon Square neighborhood. It’s the fifth restaurant from the Farmers Restaurant Group, which owns three locations of Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers.”


Engadget

Service with a Smile and Some Very Sophisticated Software: How Farmers Restaurant Group Uses Big Data to Better Serve Their Guests

Farmers Restaurant Group really gets it,” said Open Table CEO Christa Quarles. “They’ve been dedicated to learning our systems and figuring out how best they can be used in conjunction with their smarts and their staff. They are making the software work for them to provide a better experience for all of their guests.”


Washintonian Magazine

Farmers & Distillers Will Open in December With Vodka And Amaro

“When Farmers & Distillers opens in Mount Vernon Triangle in December, it will feature two spirits that couldn’t seem more different: vodka and amaro.”


Huffington Post

Cooking Up a Storm: Dan Simons Shows What It Takes to be a Successful Restaurateur

“In some ways, Dan and his team have revolutionized the industry with their coaching and mentoring strategies. In conversation after conversation with his team, Dan reminds them to never look up at anyone, but instead, to look across the table, eye to eye, with the confidence that all people are equal.”


Zagat

9 Most Anticipated Fall Openings in DC

“The menu is said to pull from the various influences found throughout DC, such as hand-pulled noodles inspired by Chinatown and pork schnitzel representing German immigrants working on DC’s east side.”


Full-Service Restaurants

Farmers Restaurant Group To Open Farmers & Distillers In November

“Farmers Restaurant Group introduced the newest addition to their collection of farmer-owned restaurants, Farmers & Distillers, at 600 Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C. The restaurant is targeted to open in November of 2016.”


Tasting Table

7 New Restaurants Making D.C. a Dining Destination this Fall

“The perennially busy Founding Farmers is expanding with this restaurant and distillery right near the convention center. The menu is broad, ranging from Chinese flatbread and hand-pulled noodles to pork schnitzel, all being placed under the umbrella of D.C.’s various immigrant communities. The distillery, inspired by the one George Washington ran at Mt. Vernon, is fittingly called Founding Spirits.”


Eater

Five Things to Know About Farmers & Distillers, from the Founding Farmers Crew

“There’s now an official opening target for the big distillery opening from the restaurant group behind Founding Farmers. Here’s some need-to-know information about Farmers & Distillers, headed to 600 Massachusetts Ave. NW in Mount Vernon Triangle…”


Washingtonian

The Farmers Restaurant Group Announces a New $7 Million Project: Farmers & Distillers

“The Farmers Restaurant Group, which operates three Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers in Washington, announced plans for a new seven million dollar restaurant concept: Farmers & Distillers. The 300-seat dining room and distillery is slated to open in Mt. Vernon Triangle at 600 Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest in the fall of 2016″