Old Ebbitt Grill Washington, DC's oldest bar, established in 1856. [72][73] Clyde's and Old Ebbitt Grill shared the same menus, which lowered costs and led to improved training for kitchen staff. The Beltway sniper attacks of fall 2002 did not affect business, which continued to hold steady through February 2003, a time of high alert and anxiety. ", The trestle has sat unused and in poor condition for years. The restaurant serves up to 2,000 guests per day in the main dining rooms and private functions can number 1,000 guests per day. hide caption. Just go out the 13th and G Streets exit and walk the 2.5 blocks from there. [55], The history of the restaurant between its establishment in 1926 and the 1980s is not well documented. Washington, DC. Tyrone Turner/WAMU Old Ebbitt Grill 675 15th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005 202-347-4800 www.ebbitt.com Old Ebbitt Grill is in a great location, and is a fantastic option if you are looking for a wider variety of food in addition to oysters. The Ebbitt House opened in 1856 when William E. Ebbitt took over a four-story boarding house at 14th and F streets. hide caption. [44], Shutt took over management of the hotel on May 16, 1910. The restaurant was sold at a tax sale in June 1970, and was purchased by Clyde's Restaurant Group. The night before, Ebbitt Grill ran out of liquor by 10:45 P.M. We do have access to capital and we can fight our way through this, said McDonnell. [63], The restaurant had little reputation by 1969, and was primarily known for its pork chops, seafood, and steaks, and as one of the few D.C. restaurants to serve dinner until 12:30 A.M.[65] In July 1969, Old Ebbitt Grill was one of 171 firms in the city cited for non-payment of taxes. [39], Ebbitt House slowly declined. Peter Afriyie/WAMU/DCist As demolition proceeded, Old Ebbitt Grill hosted a large party which won notice in The Washington Post. [89] 1427 F Street NW was demolished in early December 1983. . Benjamin Ogle was the maternal grandfather of. But this is not a typical year, and the coronavirus pandemic has led to staggering financial losses for the legendary D.C. restaurant. Like it is with many restaurants across the city, the bleak reality now facing Old Ebbitt is unprecedented even for a restaurant that predates the telephone. [51] By this time, the hotel was so run down that the furnishings often went for a fraction of their replacement value, most going for less than a dollar. We just felt it was better to leave that money to the small businesses.. Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill is D.C.s oldest saloon and one of the highest-grossing independent restaurants in the country, pulling in excess of $35 million a year. ", Dickey, Christopher. [22][33] In November 1889, Caleb Willard hired Henry C. Burch and Charles E. Gibbs, both veteran hotel managers in the city, to run Ebbitt House. Main content starts here, tab to start navigating. Email donations@clydes.com. The hotel was razed and rebuilt in the same location in 1827. The 1427 F Street NW location was demolished in 1983 during redevelopment, and Old Ebbitt Grill moved into its current quarters at 675 15th Street NW. Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here. The restaurant hired Robert McGowan, formerly a chef at Sardi's in New York City.[118]. Mothers Day is typically the biggest day of the year for us, said John McDonnell, the chief operating officer of Clydes Restaurant Group, which owns the restaurant. ", Commanding General of the United States Army, List of the oldest restaurants in the United States. Davidson is said to have modified the mahogany bar to make seating more comfortable for female guests. Jason Lukacs, known as "J Luke," has tended bar for 25 years, nearly four of them at Old Ebbitt. The restaurant was uprooted one last time when it moved around the corner to its current location. It's a very . ", Sietsema, Tom. It reopened in 1972 and moved to its current location on 15th Street in 1983, the site of an old Vaudeville theater and movie house. Street. Courtesy of/Old Ebbitt Grill This allows a bottle of wine to remain open for up to two weeks without spoiling. Old Ebbitt Grill Navy T-Shirt. Dee Dwyer/WAMU/DCist The Oyster Bar features an array of exceptional oysters and winning wines from the annual Old Ebbitt Grill International Wines for Oysters Competition. [58] Anders R. Lofstrand, Sr. was the proprietor. [2], A three-story house on 14th Street adjacent to Ebbitt House was occupied by the Reed family as well, although by 1864 it had been purchased by Willard, who raised the roof. Downstairs from the entry foyer is the Cabinet Room, a dining room available for private events. The United States expelled Alekseyev on February 6, 1977. "The NRN 50 All-American Icons: Old Ebbitt Grill. The Atrium Dining Room in the rear offers table seating, although fixed, long benches provide some seating. More. The old hotel continued to stand, and rumors said the building would be turned into a department store or a movie theater. The Cabinet Room features six paintings of game birds by Australian-born (and longtime Georgetown resident) Robin Hill, one of the worlds most distinguished bird painters and artists. The restaurant established a procedure for an independent laboratory to test its oysters for the bacteria prior to consumption. "Cruvinet: It's Like Wine on Tap. The mahogany Main Bar is a copy of the bar at the F Street location, which had rotted beyond repair. [30] Rear Admiral John Lee Davis also lived and died there. "Landmark Passes As Ebbitt House Doors Are Closed. In 1994, Clydes Restaurant Group commissioned Nantucket artist James Harrington a self-taught, impressionist painter to capture unofficial Washington. If you are looking for something specific, we can help you calculate what you are seeking, through a website that we consult at www.calorieking.com for approximate nutritional information. An oil painting by Peter Egeli replicates one of Mathew Brady's famous Civil War photographs of Grant. It's been bought and sold by various individuals and companies. Reynolds discovered the document in North's files during a meeting with North in his White House office. [115], Old Ebbitt Grill's oyster bar closed in 1992 after diners fell ill from eating raw oysters infected with the deadly Vibrio vulnificus bacteria. Laytham said the restaurant turned away 800 to 900 customers a day and did $26 million in sales in 2011. You may bring your own birthday cake for a $3 per person outside cake fee. One reason for that is the fact that Clydes Restaurant Group decided not to apply for the Small Business Administrations Paycheck Protection Program, which provides forgivable loans to businesses. While Prohibition lasted, Ebbitt Grill was known as part of "Rum Row"former bars in an area bounded by 13th and 14th streets NW and E and F streets NW which continued to sell alcohol furtively. "To Tan, a Place in the Sun Not Needed. But it is working to continue giving them 100% of their pay, even as they remain sidelined. Alex Kapranos, lead singer for the Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand, included an entry on Old Ebbitt Grill in his 2006 book, Sound Bites: Eating on Tour With Franz Ferdinand. Demolition would include Old Ebbitt Grill and Rhodes' Tavern. In the 1920s, when the Ebbitt moved to a converted haberdashery at 1427 F Street NW, they were combined into a single Old Ebbitt Grill. Flexible schedule with part-time, full-time, and on-call shifts available. Were simply doing the best we can to make it to the other side.. The Iran-Contra affair was exposed by the press on November 3, 1986, and on November 13, President Reagan publicly admitted that an arms-for-hostages deal existed. The sale price was $11,250. The etched glass panels separating the Old Bar from the Main Dining Room were created by Charles Shefts. By 1865, they were used as offices by The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Evening Post, and other newspapers. Is there a corkage fee? It was completely remodeled by Burch and Gibbs. [49] In 1923, the Willard estate, which had retained ownership since Lucy Willard's death in 1910, decided to sell the hotel. [77], Old Ebbitt Grill gained notoriety in 1977 as the location where a Soviet spy ring operated. "I don't want to be pessimistic, but I just really don't think we could be anywhere back to business-as-normal in this calendar year," Claire says. ", Larner, John B. . 515 15th St NW W Washinton, DC, Washington DC, DC 20004-1006. Sculptures by John Dreyfuss adorn the Atrium Dining Room. A replica was crafted instead. Daily Oyster & Raw Bar Happy Hour. cambridge. De Lorenzo's, in Trenton's Chambersburg section, served up old-school and great pizza in equal portions. Henry, Kate Kearney. Nick Iannelli | niannelli@wtop.com. Humphrey and his attorney told the FBI about the contact immediately, and Humphrey agreed to act as a double agent. It's also collecting public donations for an employee assistance fund and is partnering with Martha's Table and another restaurant group to provide meals to local families. Facing tough competition, the hotel closed in 1925 and was torn down, eventually replaced by the National Press Club building. ", Roig-Franzia, Manuel. ", Chen, Aimee and Mendelson, Will. [87] In August 1980, Carr announced that Old Ebbitt Grill would reopen in a corner location near to its old 1427 F Street NW spot. That displaced 90% of its workforce, leaving a "massive" financial strain on the company. In the 1940s and 50s, Gruning's may well have been North Jersey's most popular ice cream chain. Comstocks sprawling, 80-acre mixed-use development near Metros Wiehle-Reston East Station is home to regional headquarters for titans like Google, Spotify, and Rolls-Royce of America, alongside restaurants like Founding Farmers and Davios Northern Italian Steakhouse with more on the way. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others. ", "We're talking and working and doing our thing, and every two seconds you looked up and Final Four was canceled, Major League Baseball is canceled, NHL season's canceled," Lukacs says. [137], Oyster Riot is an annual oyster eating event held at Old Ebbitt Grill each November on the weekend before Thanksgiving. [79], The restaurant continued to improve through the late 1970s and into the early 1980s. hide caption. Richard Forrest's eldest son, Julius, married Sophia Ogle, daughter of Benjamin Ogle. [75] By 1977, Washington Post food critic Donald Dresden was praising the restaurants bacon cheeseburgers and innovative menu items: "Imitators are still trying to top Clyde's and the Ebbitt's bacon cheeseburgers and the disc-shaped deep-fried potatoes that come withbut they'll have to keep trying still. [2] He joined the Ebbitt and Reed properties into a single unit enclosing a 4-foot (1.2m) wide alley between the two and built bathrooms with oval windows in the space above. [146], Old Ebbitt Grill is mentioned in the novels Path of the Assassin by Brad Thor,[147] The Outlaws by W.E.B. "Good R.O.I. ", Weil, Martin. Best Raw Bar in the city with oysters from both coasts, clams, shrimp and Maine lobster. The new owners refused to renew Gumpert's lease on a yearly basis. He did not proceed at the time, but the threat of demolition was a catalyst to a committee of citizens known as the "Landmarks Committee" recommending in 1970 that the city enact legislation protecting the two structures and Old Ebbitt Grill. The bar and restaurant in the. The Old Ebbitt Grill was the first expansion beyond the original Clyde's in Georgetown. [61] His son, Anders R. Lofstrand, Jr., invented a machine to wash drinking glasses at Old Ebbitt Grill. [130] After a slow summer, business at the restaurant had slowed so much that sales were steady compared to 2011. It began using the name "New Ebbitt Caf" in November 1910. It retained that name after its ownership changes in 1961 and 1970. After Lofstrand's death in 1955, the restaurant was purchased by Peter Bechas in 1961. I'm J Luke's dad,'" Lukacs says. In July 1992, the Washington Business Journal said the 390-seat Old Ebbitt Grill grossed more money than any other restaurant in the D.C. metropolitan area. And in the last month, it's gone from being one of the most profitable independent restaurants in the country to its current state barely hanging on. A fire broke out in the kitchen on August 12, 1913, doing extensive damage. Old Ebbitt Grill is mentioned by fictional White House staffer Sam Seaborn in Season 3, Episode 19 of the television show The West Wing[145][circular reference]. Care is taken to avoid cross-contact, however, our kitchen is not completely gluten-free. [13] On May 16, 1818, Dorsey sold the house to William Blanchard. They got a lot of history and myth for their money. 2001. Order food online at Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington DC with Tripadvisor: See 13,094 unbiased reviews of Old Ebbitt Grill, ranked #10 on Tripadvisor among 2,606 restaurants in Washington DC. $45.00. The business has changed locations. "It's now a symbol of the connection I think between the old Washington and its ways and the new Washington that we have now. Posted: April 15, 2023. 675 15th St NW Washington DC 20005. We have made updates. For many years as part of Ebbitt House, the bar/restaurant had no stand-alone name or identity. The design also shows off motifs of Washington D.C. architecture. 222 posts. In 1800, Crawford built two four-story Federal-style houses on the two easternmost parcels of this property. [68] Clyde's was founded in 1963 by Davidson, then an investment banker, after new legislation made it legal to serve liquor to patrons standing at bars. Some 270 employees, or 90% of its staff, are out of work. "People often think that Washington never had any good restaurants in the past, and they think it's all happened in the last 10 years," he says. The restaurant donated about 14,000 oysters a week to the alliance in 2010. "It was almost like a joke. Old Ebbitt intended to close its doors in April 1983 and reopen a few weeks later in the new location in May. "Now, if the tables at the Ebbitt are full, as they often are at lunch, shoppers from Garfinckel's down the street and secretaries from nearby federal beehives can join the male chauvinists who like to eat facing long rows of antique steins, stuffed game heads and a little embalmed bear that once reputedly graced the bar of Alexander Hamilton," the article reads. [81] Its trademark omelets were the "Old Ebbitt", made with sharp cheddar cheese and Bermuda onions, and another made with chili and served with a garden salad with Roquefort blue cheese dressing. [100] Washington Post food critic Phyllis Richman declared the restaurant's signature hamburger its best entree. [96] A year after the Grill opened, The Washington Post said it had the best dining ambience of any restaurant in the city. Wines, whiskeys, and brandies were served from two large storerooms. Antique gas chandeliers and fixtures light the Main Dining Room. [26] Future president William McKinley and his wife lived there from 1877 to 1890, during his entire congressional career. 233 2nd St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2136. Can I bring my own wine? During a normal year, Mothers Day Sunday would be a day to look forward to for the Old Ebbitt Grill in Northwest Washington. [60] He and his wife, Elizabeth, later purchased Southlawn Farm, which is now a part of the city of Rockville, Maryland, in 1944, and in 1946 built a factory on it. The restaurant was incorporated by Anders Lofstrand, Sr., as a stand-alone business. As a boarding house, the Ebbitt guest list read like a Who's Who of American History. He also praised the Breakfast Club, a deep-fried ham, French toast, and bacon breakfast sandwich. In 1983, the Old Ebbitt Grill was uprooted one last time when it moved around the corner to its current location at 675 15th Street NW to the Beaux-Arts building that was once the old B. F. Keith's Theater. In a 1972 Washington Star article, the renovated Ebbitt is painted as a bit of a rough-and-tumble downtown spot for cheap eats (corned beef hash and eggs, $2.25) that caters to daytime diners and late-night drinkers. They ended up buying the restaurant instead. [120] After First Lady Laura Bush began patronizing the restaurant,[121] business soon returned to normal. "The Old Ebbitt Grill is not going to continue to be a takeout and delivery-only business.". Company-wide sales for Clyde's Restaurant Group, which operates 12 restaurants in the D.C. area, are down 95%, about what Old Ebbitt is seeing. Report inappropriate content. Major General Winfield Scott Hancock,[4] Commanding General of the United States Army William Tecumseh Sherman, and Rear Admiral Samuel Rhoads Franklin all lived there for a time. In the last century-and-a-half, Old Ebbitt has grown from a boarding house to a destination for tourists and politicians alike. Anything goes at the Ebbitt. 50% off Shift Meal. I don't have the roadmap yet.". [27] Chief Justice of the United States Salmon P. Chase lived there while working in the capital and died there in October 1886. DDOT/DDOT Post food critic Tom Sietsema continued to laud the friendly service. Yes, we offer select gluten-free items and can modify others upon request. National health campaigns against high cholesterol had reduced demand for foods heavy in eggs. The new restaurant was immediately popular. The large Howard Chandler Christy painting, "Three Bathers", hangs near the rear of the Main Dining Room. Street parking is limited. The kitchen featured a special charcoal-burning grill, and the wine cellar featured a Cruvinet wine dispensing system. Clyde's Restaurant Group bought the Ebbitt, seen along F Street, and reopened it in 1972. The Hotel distinguished itself as the first hotel in Washington to . Back waiters were trained to balance plates of food on their arms, so they could get them to tables faster without the need to load and unload trays. [83] Developer Morris Cafritz, who purchased the Keith-Albee Building and Rhodes' Tavern in 1956, wanted to tear down the entire half-block to construct a new office building.[84]. [14] At that time it was not yet part of the hotel; Willard leased the building to the New York Times for use as office space. [48], The renovations were not enough. He appreciated small touches such as coat hooks near booths and pepper mills on tables and found the staff's honesty about menu choices refreshing. ", Sietsema, Tom. [106] The Rolling Stones dined at the restaurant a few weeks later after a concert in the city. Copyright 2022 by WTOP. [99] Due to its proximity to the White House, it was a favorite of United States Secret Service personnel as well as tourists. "Richard Forrest and His Times: 1795-1830. Please note, that the Cabinet Room is located on the lower level of the restaurant down a flight of stairs and is not handicap accessible. The Old Ebbitt Grill was originally the house restaurant at the Ebbitt House Hotel, which . The restaurant, called "cheerful and sunny" by the Washington Post, fronted onto 14th Street NW, was lit with crystal chandeliers, and could seat up to 225 people. "Thinking About Drapes In Case It's Curtains For Madam Speaker. "A Shell Game for a Cause. The restrooms were moved into the basement so they could be enlarged with lounges. "Remarks of John B. Larner Before the Society March 10, 1902, in Exhibiting An Old Photograph of the South-East Corner of 14th and F Streets. Historic bar and restaurant in Washington, D.C. Manager Erin Claire has concerns about what reopening might look like, given social-distancing restrictions that may stay in place. ", Kramer, Joan. [16][17], Willard razed Ebbitt House in 1872, doubled its size, and built a six-story, Second Empire-style hotel with a mansard roof. A jury could not reach agreement on the charges in December 1913,[47] but the charges were not dismissed until September 1914. Elvera Patrick with husband Joseph Patrick in the home. [67][71][72], The new Old Ebbitt Grill improved its menu. A new head chef and assistant chefs had already been hired. "City Allows Demolition of Historic Tavern. The glassy new edition in suburbia will import Old Ebbitts popular menu of American classics, twice-a-day happy hours, oyster-fueled raw bar, and plentiful seafood towers. An exterior scene was shown and then Clint Eastwood and John Mahoney were shown sitting at Grant's Bar inside. Old Ebbitt Grill is a historic bar and restaurant located at 675 15th Street NW in Washington, D.C., in the United States. 25% off Discount at all Clyde's Restaurants including 1 guest. [8] Although it is unclear what happened to the property after Sarah Crawford's death, some time prior to 1856 it was purchased by William J. An oil painting behind the bar of a nude reclining near a lily pond was painted about 1900 by Jean-Paul Gervais. It is nearly as close to McPherson Square station. Old Ebbitt Grill Navy Collared Polo Shirt. [21] The massive chandeliers led the dining room to be called "the Crystal Room. The business also failed to deposit withholding taxes on employee wages with the city. Language links are at the top of the page across from the title. Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest continuously operating bar in the city. In 2020, two Clydes in Columbia closed, including one that had been around for 45 years. ", Fehr, Stephen C. and Haggerty, Maryann. In 1926, after the restaurant became incorporated as a stand-alone business, it was known as both "Ebbitt's Grill" and "Old Ebbitt Grill". [71] Among the items they purchased were a 200-year-old clock which used carved wooden gears for its mechanism, a carved wooden grizzly bear once owned by Alexander Hamilton, crystal decanters dating to 1575, and stuffed boar's head, swordfish, alligator, and walrus head. 401k retirement plan with generous match - participation and full vesting immediately. "Let Them Eat Crab Cakes. "No Rush Yet on Inaugural Tickets and Hotel Rooms. Today the Victorian interior evokes Washington saloons at the turn of the century. [15] Farnham sold her house at auction to Caleb Willard on October 4, 1866, for $74,000. "I just really don't foresee it happening to being like, to the old normal. In 2007, the event sold every ticket in 38 minutes.[140]. "They were buying the Old Ebbitt Grill for $10,400," says Moran, now the area director of operations for Clyde's Restaurant Group. scope of environmental economics,
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