Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19

Do you have any information on COVID-19 cases in your restaurants and what you are doing to keep your guests safe?

Safety and transparency have always been paramount in our operations. When COVID-19 hit our region, we responded quickly with adapted protocols and enhanced safety measures. We have continued to share these efforts with our guests. Our current COVID-19 Health & Safety Dashboard gives our guests and team members a snapshot of COVID-19 testing for our employees, our in-house health screening results, the number of paid sick leave days, as well as other information outlining our COVID-19 health and safety operations.

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Can I just arrive for a meal or do I need to make a reservation?

Our dining rooms and patios (including some new patios!) are now open with our enhanced safety protocols and following the guidance of our government officials. Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. 

Are there limits to the number of people in our group?

We are following the guidelines from our local officials where there are limits for size of parties. Our online reservation system has been updated with those limits by location.

What meals are you serving and what are your hours?

We are serving our full menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a la carte weekend brunch. All of our menus are online. For operating hours at each of our restaurants, go HERE.

Are you providing to go counter service?

Yes. Our First Bake cafe is open at Farmers Fishers BakersFounding Farmers Reston Station, and Farmers & Distillers. Our First Bake menus are online. Following current government regulations, you may come into our First Bake counter wearing a mask for our grab & go food. We will be providing clear signage and directions to maintain a safe social distance from other guests. You will not be able to sit down to eat inside.

Will your employees be wearing PPE?

In addition to wearing the required PPEs, which are face masks covering nose and mouth, our team will maintain what we are calling Hospitality Spacing, which means we will be doing our best to keep our distance, even with our PPE on, while providing your service. We have also increased all of our health, safety, and sanitation protocols from more frequent handwashing to how and when we clean and sanitize our tables to employee wellness checks. For full details of our adapted protocols, see our COVID-19 Reopening Resource Guide.

Will I be required to wear a mask?

We are following the current, local government requirements for guests regarding PPEs and masks.

District of Columbia:

Face Coverings Required

Per the local government’s direction, all patrons must wear face coverings when they are not actively eating, or drinking inside/outside establishments.

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Virginia:

Face Coverings Required

Per the Governor’s Executive Order, all patrons in the Commonwealth aged ten and over, shall wear face coverings when entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside food and beverage establishments, except when eating or drinking.

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Pennsylvania:

Face Coverings Required

Per our local health department, we require all guests to wear face coverings when entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside our establishment, except when eating or drinking.

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Maryland:

Face Coverings Required

Per our local health department’s Executive Order, any food service establishment shall require its customers over the age of nine, and visitors over the age of nine to wear face coverings indoors, except during the consumption of food and drink.

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Do you have new patios?

Yes. We have created and/or expanded our patios at some of our locations.Some of our patios have heated, ventilated tents.  All of our outdoor tables – whether in a tent or outside – are following the same requirements for 6 feet of space between tables. Our online reservation system has been updated to include these tables. Find the latest information about our winterized patios here. 

Will your patio and dining room have less seats to allow for social distancing?

We are following current government regulations for each location regarding capacity, size of party, indoor and/or outdoor service. Our floor plans have been modified – and in some cases expanded with new patios and tents – based on current policies by location allowing for 6 feet social distance between tables that we are seating. Some tables are being moved or will not be used. We have created patios where we didn’t have them before, and we have added tents. You may notice signage on tables that we aren’t seating. Our online reservation systems will be using our current modified floor plans and capacity requirements when you make your reservation.

What do I do when I arrive?

When you arrive for your reservation, current government regulations across our locations require that you wear a mask over your nose and mouth. We will take you directly to your reserved table. If there are others near the entrance of the restaurant or in the lobby when you arrive, please allow 6 feet of space, or wait outside to allow ample room for social distancing. Once you are seated at your table, you may remove your mask. We ask that you put it back on when you go to the restroom and when you are moving through the shared areas of our restaurant and patios – for your safety, as well as the safety of our team members and other guests.

How are you sanitizing between parties?

All guest tables will be cleaned, sanitized, allowed to air dry, and preset prior to your arrival. This includes table, table edges, chair backs, armrests, and seats. We are continuing to use peroxide-based, EPA-certified disinfectant against corona viruses. You will be have rolled silverware that has been sterilized and handled only with clean gloves and menus that have been sterilized and are only used once per day. Our host will provide you with detailed information on our dining protocols and what you can expect.

Do you have hand sanitizer in your restaurants?

There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout our restaurant for your use. We will also offer to sell you a small Founding Spirits hand sanitizer spray bottle you can use while you are dining and take home with you.

How will you serve us?

While our service has adapted in response to COVID-19 to protect your health and safety, as well as our other guests and our team members, our hospitality remains the same. We are committed to providing you with a great experience and extending our hospitality within our new systems. For more details on how our protocols and operations have changed in response to COVID-19, please review our Reopening Resource Guide.

How will I pay?

When you are done dining with us, one of our servers will bring your printed check to you. We will not be using check presenters. We will take your payment – cash or card. If a card payment, we will return with a receipt and a sterilized pen for your signature, and we will sterilize your card prior to returning it to you.

Can I use your restroom?

Yes. Our restrooms are available for our dining guests only. They are being cleaned and sanitized every hour, and we are providing paper towels as an alternative to air dryers. Our restrooms are not open to the general public or third-party delivery drivers. Our restrooms are sanitized every 60 minutes, as can be seen in our Reopening Resource Guide. Of course, please continue to always wash your hands when using the restroom.

Is your market and grocery still happening?

Yes. We are still making groceries and provisions available for contact-free curbside pick up and delivery. You may notice that some parts of our dining room are now reserved for our Founding Farmers Market & Grocery. All of our operations are following and will continue to follow our adapted health, safety, and sanitization protocols.

Are you doing your full menus for to go and for delivery?

Yes. We have returned to offering our full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus for contact-free curbside pick up and delivery through third party delivery channels. If you arrive to pick up your To Go order, please pull up to our curbside out front and remain in your vehicle. There will be signage directing you to text us to let us know you have arrived and let us know your name, car make, and color. We will bring your order directly to your car trunk or back seat.

How can we help maintain a safe environment in your restaurant?

The best way you can help us keep everyone safe is by following our protocols, and simply be kind and considerate. We appreciate your willingness to join us again in our restaurants and hope we can provide you with exceptional hospitality and even a feeling of something familiar in an unfamiliar new day-to-day.

What are you using to inform your new health and safety protocols and operations?

Our adapted operations are based on current laws and regulations that have been implemented in response to the COVID-19 crisis, as well as recommendations from the WHO, CDC, and local health officials. We had a strong foundation of extensive health, safety, and sanitation protocols, which we quickly evolved to meet current need. Unless explicitly indicated otherwise, federal, state, and local laws that have always applied to our business remain in full force and effect – including, by way of example, our local city’s Health Code, Human Rights Law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – and we are therefore still required to fully comply with any such requirements.

What are you doing differently in your restaurants now that they are open to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

We have developed multi-layered protocols and plans to provide our guests with exceptional hospitality and keep all of us as safe as possible. Following the guidance of our local and national health officials, as well as innovators across the world, our team has been adapting our operations as we have continued to serve contact-free curbside pick up and delivery. We have also been researching and planning the safest ways to reopen our doors to diners. For example, everyone in our restaurant will be wearing PPE and is screened for symptoms and temperature checked prior to their shift. Our service had been adapted to allow for more social distance and fewer interactions with our team. We have hourly cleaning protocols for all high-touch surfaces and equipment. Our floor plans have changed to allow 6 feet between tables. For complete details on everything we are doing, we have a Reopening Resource Guide we developed for our team to help us guide our new operations (as well as provide some basic information about COVID-19), and what our guests can expect when they return to our restaurants.

Where can I learn more?

For more details on how our protocols and operations have changed in response to COVID-19, please review our COVID-19 Reopening Resource Guide.

Do you have heaters and/or tents for your outdoor patio?

Find our most up-to-date patio information here. In inclement weather, our outdoor patios may or may not be open, depending on location. Please check the forecast for your reserved time and contact us if you need to change your reservation to our dining room.

What if I have an outdoor reservation, and  or it is raining or there is a forecast for inclement weather?

All of our patio reservations are weather dependent, and we cannot guarantee an indoor table if it rains or is otherwise inhospitable outdoors. Please check the forecast for your reserved time and contact us if you need to change your reservation to our dining room. We will do everything we can to move your reservation inside if space allows or work to find an alternative date. We are preparing our patios to provide more shelter and be more comfortable during colder weather, with outdoor heaters and tents in some of our locations. Learn more about each locations’ patios here. To serve you safely on our patios and inside our restaurants, we are continuing to follow government regulations for reduced capacity and social distancing.

Amenities

How well can you accommodate someone with a disability?

All of our restaurants are well equipped to provide excellent hospitality for all of our guests. Please let us know if you have any access concerns or needs in dining with us. You can make note when making your online reservation, contact us in advance of your reservation, or let us know when you arrive. To learn more about each location’s accommodations, please visit the location page: Founding Farmers DC, MoCo’s Founding Farmers, Founding Farmers Reston Station, Founding Farmers Tysons, Founding Farmers King of Prussia.

Do you have WiFi?

Yes, we offer complimentary WiFi. Please check with your server or the host for the password.

Are there TVs in the bar area?

We have small televisions located in our bar area. However, they are not easily viewed from all parts of the bar and are not advisable for viewing sporting events.

Are you currently hiring?

Yes, we are hiring for all of our locations. Check out all available positions here.

Do you have highchairs and/or booster seats?

Yes, we do have highchairs and booster seats available for your convenience.

How may I purchase gift cards?

Share the gift of Founding Farmers with friends and family. Order gift cards online or in each store at the front desk. Our gift cards, whether purchased in our restaurants or online, are available for use at any of our Farmers Restaurant Group locations.

Do you have heaters and/or tents for your outdoor patio?

Find our most up-to-date patio information here. In inclement weather, our outdoor patios may or may not be open, depending on location. Please check the forecast for your reserved time and contact us if you need to change your reservation to our dining room.

What if I have an outdoor reservation, and  or it is raining or there is a forecast for inclement weather?

All of our patio reservations are weather dependent, and we cannot guarantee an indoor table if it rains or is otherwise inhospitable outdoors. Please check the forecast for your reserved time and contact us if you need to change your reservation to our dining room. We will do everything we can to move your reservation inside if space allows or work to find an alternative date. We are preparing our patios to provide more shelter and be more comfortable during colder weather, with outdoor heaters and tents in some of our locations. Learn more about each locations’ patios here. To serve you safely on our patios and inside our restaurants, we are continuing to follow government regulations for reduced capacity and social distancing.

Bar & Beverage

Are there TVs in the bar area?

We have small televisions located in our bar area. However, they are not easily viewed from all parts of the bar and are not advisable for viewing sporting events.

Do you have bar seating?

Yes, we do! However, due to current local guidelines relating to COVID-19 we are not currently seating guests at the bar.

What is your corkage fee?

Guests may bring in one bottle of wine per party without a corkage fee. A $25 fee for each additional bottle applies after that and any wines brought into the restaurant may not be included on our current wine list.

Do you have happy hour?

All of our DC-area restaurants will now be serving Happy Hour, including our sibling restaurants – Farmers & Distillers and Farmers Fishers Bakers.

Every Monday through Friday, join us for Happy Hour from 3:30pm-6pm at any of our DMV locations. And if you join us at Farmers & Distillers, we are serving Happy Hour every day, including Saturday and Sunday.

Our Happy Hour menus vary slightly by location, but include $5 craft cocktails, Highballs, beer, and wine, plus a generous range of our guest favorites from $2-8.

Brunch

Do you have bottomless brunch drinks?

We do not offer bottomless drinks for brunch, but we have amazing pre-prohibition style eye-opener libations that are sure to please!

Desserts & Celebrations

Can I bring in my own cake?

Yes, we love celebrations! Cakes, cupcakes, or pies may be brought into the restaurant, however there is a $2 per person dessert fee for every person in your party when doing so, regardless of who is having or not having dessert.

Can I order a whole cake?

We wish you would! Yes, you can order one of our original recipe, made-from-scratch, whole cakes below, with a minimum of 48 hours notice, please. Simply fill out this form to learn more.

Do you offer a free dessert for a birthday or some other type of celebration?

We are not able to provide a free dessert for celebrations but when making a reservation, you can pre-order a special dessert from the menu for the guest of honor and we can provide an acknowledgement of the celebration.

How may I purchase gift cards?

Share the gift of Founding Farmers with friends and family. Order gift cards online or in each store at the front desk. Our gift cards, whether purchased in our restaurants or online, are available for use at any of our Farmers Restaurant Group locations.

Food

Can you accommodate specific food allergies (nuts, dairy, gluten, seafood, etc.)?

Yes, in most cases. Our servers and chefs are trained to address food allergies and can offer menu variations. However, if you have a life-threatening food allergy which can be triggered by cross-contact, our restaurant may not be right for you—we cook almost everything from scratch and therefore the avoidance of cross-contact is not something we can guarantee with 100% certainty. If you have an allergy of this severity, please call ahead to discuss with us, as we may determine it is safest you dine elsewhere. For non-cross contact allergies, we kindly request that you provide your server with any allergy or dietary concerns before you order, and your server will help you select an item that does not contain your allergen; we will not remove an allergen from dish as that can lead to errors, but we will absolutely help you select the best dish for you.

Do you have a kids menu?

One of the best things about our menu is that we try to offer a little something for every taste bud out there. We have many “kid-approved” items on our regular menus, and our service team is happy to help you choose the best item for the children in your party.

Do you offer vegan and vegetarian options?

Yes, we do feature meatless offerings for our vegetarian guests, and our servers can recommend vegan dishes as needed. We are also happy to make additional modifications whenever possible. Please be sure to mention any dietary concerns to your server.

What kind of food do you serve?

Founding Farmers is owned by more than 47,000 American family farmers of the North Dakota Farmers Union and is supplied daily by hundreds of family farms everywhere. We offer our versions of all-American and farmhouse classics with modern interpretations and preparations. Our focus is to provide our guests with the freshest, highest quality ingredients that have been grown and harvested, and then expertly prepared by our talented chefs from scratch every day. View our menus.

Getting Here

How well can you accommodate someone with a disability?

All of our restaurants are well equipped to provide excellent hospitality for all of our guests. Please let us know if you have any access concerns or needs in dining with us. You can make note when making your online reservation, contact us in advance of your reservation, or let us know when you arrive. To learn more about each location’s accommodations, please visit the location page: Founding Farmers DC, MoCo’s Founding Farmers, Founding Farmers Reston Station, Founding Farmers Tysons, Founding Farmers King of Prussia.

Are there other Founding Farmers locations?

Yes, we hope you will visit all of the restaurants in our growing family. In making your plans, please note that each restaurant has different offerings, amenities, and operating times:

Reservations

Can I just arrive for a meal or do I need to make a reservation?

Our dining rooms and patios (including some new patios!) are now open with our enhanced safety protocols and following the guidance of our government officials. Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. 

Are there limits to the number of people in our group?

We are following the guidelines from our local officials where there are limits for size of parties. Our online reservation system has been updated with those limits by location.

How well can you accommodate someone with a disability?

All of our restaurants are well equipped to provide excellent hospitality for all of our guests. Please let us know if you have any access concerns or needs in dining with us. You can make note when making your online reservation, contact us in advance of your reservation, or let us know when you arrive. To learn more about each location’s accommodations, please visit the location page: Founding Farmers DC, MoCo’s Founding Farmers, Founding Farmers Reston Station, Founding Farmers Tysons, Founding Farmers King of Prussia.

Are there other Founding Farmers locations?

Yes, we hope you will visit all of the restaurants in our growing family. In making your plans, please note that each restaurant has different offerings, amenities, and operating times:

Can I add my name to the wait list over the phone?

Unfortunately, we cannot take names over the phone for the wait list. To be fair to all guests, if you are unable to make a reservation, then you must arrive in person to put your name on the wait list.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

No, we do not have a cancellation policy. We take all reservations in good faith, that our guests will inform us at the earliest possible convenience if a cancellation or change in party size is necessary. So, if you have a change, please let us know!

How long is the grace period if I’m running late for my reservation?

We get it, stuff happens. We offer a grace period of 15 minutes. If you arrive after the 15-minute grace period, even with a phone call, you may be subjected to the wait list simply to be fair to all of our guests.

What if I have an outdoor reservation, and  or it is raining or there is a forecast for inclement weather?

All of our patio reservations are weather dependent, and we cannot guarantee an indoor table if it rains or is otherwise inhospitable outdoors. Please check the forecast for your reserved time and contact us if you need to change your reservation to our dining room. We will do everything we can to move your reservation inside if space allows or work to find an alternative date. We are preparing our patios to provide more shelter and be more comfortable during colder weather, with outdoor heaters and tents in some of our locations. Learn more about each locations’ patios here. To serve you safely on our patios and inside our restaurants, we are continuing to follow government regulations for reduced capacity and social distancing.

Do you have heaters and/or tents for your outdoor patio?

Find our most up-to-date patio information here. In inclement weather, our outdoor patios may or may not be open, depending on location. Please check the forecast for your reserved time and contact us if you need to change your reservation to our dining room.

Founding Farmers DC

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20006

MoCo’s Founding Farmers

12505 Park Potomac Avenue Potomac, MD 20854

Founding Farmers Reston Station

1904 Reston Metro Plaza Reston, VA 20190

Founding Farmers Tysons

1800 Tysons Blvd Tysons, VA 22102

Founding Farmers King of Prussia

255 Main Street King of Prussia, PA 19406

Farmers & Distillers DC

600 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

Farmers Fishers Bakers DC

3000 K Street NW Washington, DC 20007

Founding Spirits Distillery

600 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

First Bake Cafe & Creamery King of Prussia

255 Main Street King of Prussia, PA 19406
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Our dining rooms and winterized patios (including some new patios!) are open with our enhanced safety protocols and following the guidance of our government officials. Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. We’re excited to serve you again!

For more information about how we’re operating during this time, read all about the innovative technology we are using to combat COVID-19, our COVID-19 FAQs, and the measures we’re taking to ensure your health and safety.