Reston Patch

Founding Farmers, Comstock Team To Deliver Food To Reston Shelter

Founding Farmers and the Comstock Companies are partnering to deliver breakfast and boxed lunches to Reston’s Embry Rucker Shelter.

Eater Philadelphia

The Philly Restaurants Selling Groceries

Baking supplies, hand sanitizer, produce boxes, and more are on the menus at local restaurants

Washington City Paper

Do Bars and Restaurants Need to Scrap Silverware for Single-Use Plastic Utensils?

Founding Farmers isn’t making the switch. “Safety is paramount, as is sensibility,” says Farmers Restaurant Group co-owner Dan Simons.

Loudoun Now

Darrell Jackson, Sterling Youth, Founding Farmers and Others Combine for Free Meals Pickup

People and organizations from across the region joined to hand out drive-through free meals in Sterling on Saturday, including Lower Loudoun Boy’s Football League, Founding Farmers restaurants, the Sterling Youth Foundation and its founder, former NFL player Darrell Jackson.

Northern Virginia Magazine

A Running List Of The Northern Virginia Restaurants Open For Indoor Service Now

Founding Farmers, Reston For all-day locavore Americana

Xin Hua Net

Feature: Pandemic, protests complicate U.S. economic recovery

As the U.S. economy slowly moves toward recovery after getting hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected over 7 million people worldwide, the situation is complex.

Restaurant Dive

DC restaurants: Reopening patios amid COVID-19, protests like juggling ‘flaming knives’

The District’s restaurant scene is emblematic — perhaps in extremes — of the tumultuous environment that operators across the country are fighting to survive in.

Philadelphia Business Journal

‘Step in the right direction’: King of Prussia restaurants see revenue boost from outdoor dining relaunch 

Founding Farmers launched outdoor dining on June 5 in King of Prussia and can accommodate about 80 people in its socially distant setup.

Mainline Today

Over 20 Local Restaurants Open Outdoor Dining

On June 5, the Main Line and western suburbs enter the yellow phase of reopening after the statewide shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. If they meet with township ordinances – including keeping tables 6 feet apart – restaurants are allowed to offer outdoor dining in addition to take-out and delivery. Not all restaurateurs are currently prepared to offer that service; some will do so later in June. This list will be updated accordingly.

Bethesda Magazine

Montgomery restaurants can again serve customers in person — outside

Montgomery County residents on Monday finally could do something that pandemic restrictions deprived them of for months — sitting down for a nice meal at a restaurant.

Reston Now

On Day One of Reopening, Customer Leaves $1000 Tip at Reston Restaurant

A customer at a local Reston restaurant left a big welcome gift on Northern Virginia’s first day of reopening on Friday (May 29). The customer left a $1,000 tip for Founding Farmers’ opening day team in Reston Station (1904 Reston Metro Plaza). The order’s total was $213.59.


COVID-19, protesters and a $900 tip: DC-area restaurants share reopening stories

“We were so excited to have guests dining, and to have staff happy to be back at work, but that is mixed in with the complexity of the new COVID world operational requirements, and then of course, superseding all of that is the incredibly important message of the protests,” said Founding Farmers owner Dan Simons.


People Returned To D.C.’s Restaurants This Weekend, But It Was Far From Normal

“Brunch makes people happy. Brunch makes the staff happy. Brunch makes the guests happy,” co-owner Dan Simons said. “It’s definitely the time of year.” After more than two months of stay-at-home orders, some Washingtonians returned to one of the city’s pre-pandemic weekend traditions. But little about it was normal.

National Restaurant Association


Menu items that travel well, aggressive tech adoption and the ability to transform business models have been secrets to success.

The Daily Meal

Damaged Restaurants Ask That Focus Be Directed To Black Lives Matter Movement

Many restaurants have recently been vandalized, burglarized and set on fire, but instead of asking for support in rebuilding, some are asking their communities to redirect focus elsewhere.


After being vandalized, restaurant near the White House shares support for Black Lives Matter

Protests over the death of George Floyd continued in dozens of cities across the country over the weekend.

Eater DC

Multiple D.C. Restaurants Stand in Solidarity With Protesters While Suffering Property Damage

Teaism’s owners tweet “Black lives matter” after their downtown tea house was destroyed by fire


CityCenter Boarded Up, Downtown DC Businesses Damaged After Saturday Protests

Founding Farmers co-owner Dan Simons echoed the message of solidarity on Twitter Sunday morning. The windows of his Foggy Bottom location were smashed, but the restaurant, which just reopened for dine-in business on Friday, continued with brunch service.


From Sadness To Empathy To Anger,’ D.C. Officials And Business Owners Respond To Second Night Of Intense Protests

Amid the remnants of a long night of both peaceful rallying and at times violent clashes with police over the death of George Floyd, neighborhoods in D.C. were largely quiet as many went about their weekend routines: getting coffee, walking the dog and washing their cars.

GW Hatchet

Restaurants sell extra ingredients as groceries to make extra funds during pandemic

Struggling to survive off take-out and delivery alone, some restaurants are repurposing extra raw ingredients into groceries to bring in some extra income.


Local Restaurants Are Scrambling To Reopen This Weekend, But Aren’t Even Sure Customers Will Show Up

With the District now moving into phase one of a three-part reopening plan on Friday, local restaurants are now able to convert their takeout/delivery-only business to limited capacity, outdoor dine-in service.

National Restaurant Association

Restaurants take action to assure customers it’s safe to dine in

Visible safety measures and transparent communications are just two ways operators are showing their commitment to protecting guests when they return to dining in.

DC Eater

A Running List of D.C. Restaurants and Bars Reopening for Outdoor Seating

Patios, rooftops, and gardens will start hosting customers on Friday, May 29

Washington City Paper

When Every Dollar Counts After COVID-19, D.C. Chefs May Kiss Food Waste Goodbye

“We are entitled going into restaurants, expecting them to have everything.”

National Restaurant Association

Founding Farmers co-founder provides grocery-conversion playbook

Company averages about $125,000 a day in grocery sales from five units, helping it to rehire staff and keep up health coverage.


DC restaurant owners: How can we social distance the bar?

D.C.-area restaurants are scrambling to come up with social distancing plans for when restrictions allow them to reopen.

K Street Magazine

2020 RAMMY Award Nominees Announced

Industry professionals and their fans tuned in online Monday afternoon as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington announced finalists for the 2020 RAMMY Awards, the winners of which will be named at a later date this year.


Here Are The Local Restaurants Nominated At This Year’s RAMMY Awards

As local restaurants near their second month without dine-in service, some are celebrating being nominated for a RAMMY, a food honor from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.

Washingtonian Magazine

The Big DC-Area Restaurant Awards Are Here: the 2020 RAMMY Finalists

Despite all odds, awards season in the hospitality industry returns. 

Eater DC

Here Are the 2020 Rammy Awards Finalists

Washington’s local dining association on Monday announced the finalists for its 38th annual Rammy Awards, highlighting some of the best participating restaurants, bars, and chefs across the D.C. area.

National Restaurant Association

Mother’s Day is still an opportunity for restaurant sales

That’s what the Founding Farmers casual-dining chain is doing at its stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The restaurants are offering brunch meal kits during the Mother’s Day weekend, and each one will include a thank-you note from the restaurant to its guests.

NBC 4 Washington

Montgomery County Launched Initiative for Victims of Domestic Violence

Washingtonian Magazine

Restaurants Are Using a Virus-Killing Fogging Agent as an Extra Precaution Against Covid-19

The group behind Founding Farmers sprayed its restaurants with a virucide known as MAPS-1 RTU before converting them into markets, and owner Dan Simons says they’ll also use it to disinfect their spaces if an employee comes down with symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19. 

Washingtonian Magazine

Where to Order Takeout and Delivery Around Tysons, Vienna, and McLean

Owner Dan Simons has transformed his American chain into restaurants that double as grocery stores with contact-free curbside pickup and delivery. In addition to a full prepared food menu, Founding Farmers Market & Grocery can help you stock home shelves with coffee, fresh pastas, baking supplies, fresh produce, meats, and more (note the full program is launching soon at the Tysons location).

Local restaurants turn into grocery stores to stay in business amid COVID-19

When you walk inside of Founding Farmers, the restaurant is usually packed with people. However, with the new restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, restaurants were forced to close dining rooms and rely on to-go orders.


This DC grocery chain launches delivery to cover all 8 wards

Founding Farmers brings back 265 employees and sets them to work delivering fresh food citywide


Founding Farmers is rehiring over 250 employees, will deliver groceries to all 8 DC Wards

A well-known D.C. restaurant group is going above and beyond the challenges of a pandemic.

On Thursday, members of the Farmers Restaurant Group — which owns popular spots like Founding Farmers and Farmers & Distillers — launched Founding Farmers Market & Grocery in D.C., an initiative aimed at providing high-quality food and groceries to be delivered to all eight of D.C.’s wards. 

Eater DC

Where to Buy Face Masks From D.C. Restaurants

The farmer-owned chain’s Tysons Corner, D.C., and Montgomery County locations just opened an online marketplace taking 24/7 orders for curbside pick-up and delivery (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily). Disposable, three-layer protective masks come in packs of five ($12.50); limit two per orderMultiple locations

Washingtonian Magazine

Why Your Favorite Neighborhood Restaurants Were Shut Out of Critical Government Aid

Founding Farmers restaurant group was among those who submitted an application through EagleBank and did not receive a loan. Owner Dan Simons says he’s “confused and disappointed” by the lack of communication and the outcome.

The Washington Times

US restaurants expect big changes when their doors reopen

Simons added fresh produce and other grocery items to his Founding Farmers restaurants this month. It was a big success. Simons has rehired 175 of his 1,100 staff members, and he’s making 60% of pre-virus sales at one location and 80% at another between takeout and groceries.

Washingtonian Magazine

100 Ways To Virtually Experience DC During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Go online grocery shopping from a restaurant. Local restaurants-turned-markets offer the double benefit of supporting a local business and limiting your exposure to the virus. Founding Farmers, which has launched online stores for its Tysons and Potomac locations to start, has an extensive inventory of more than 300 items (produce, fresh pastas, deli meats, ice cream, cleaning products).

Farmers Restaurant Group morphs into full-fledged e-commerce market and grocer

Farmers Restaurant Group, which opened its first restaurant Founding Farmers on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House in 2008, has gone one step further than takeout, delivery and selling on-site staples. It has rolled out a completely online retail market and grocer with delivery, called Founding Farmers Market.

WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio

D.C. Chef Tables Planned Restaurant, Opens Latin American Market To Help Immigrants

 In recent weeks, other D.C. restaurants have introduced grocery offerings as a vehicle for alternate food access. Founding Farmers

Washingtonian Magazine

Where to Find DC-Made Hand Sanitizer

The group behind Founding Farmers is temporarily out of its hand sanitizer produced at Farmers & Distillers in DC, but a new batch is coming soon. Look for two-ounce bottles from their online marketplace for $4 and 750 mL (refillable) bottles for $20. Limit one bottle per person.

Tysons Reporter

Tysons Restaurants Selling Groceries to Stay Open During Pandemic

In addition to their regular menu items for delivery or carry out, some local restaurants are turning into grocers to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Where to Find Easter Dinner for Carryout and Delivery Around DC

Baked ham, deviled eggs, biscuits, and more.


Need Eggs, Booze, and Toilet Paper? DC-Area Restaurants Are Doubling as Grocery Stores

Where to order dinner with a side of sanitizer.

New York Times

Breads Bakery, Eli’s Market and Others Offer Holiday Packages

Several vendors across the city are selling Passover and Easter menus for pickup and delivery.


Five of the Most Sustainable Restaurants in America

Across the U.S., these mindful restaurants champion sustainability in both their design and cuisine.

Philly Style Mag

Prep for the Philly Flower Show with these Fragrant Floral Cocktails

Imagine snacking on raspberries in a rose garden—the two sweet scents twisting together into a delicious springtime fantasy. If bottling that experience was possible, Founding Farmers at the King of Prussia Center gets as close as mixologists possibly could. 

Times Herald

KOP Restaurant Week caters to all tastes March 9-15

Whether your taste buds are hankering for Crispy Shrimp Tacos, Chicken Scaloppine or a no-frills New York strip steak and baked potato, KOP Restaurant Week is the time to indulge in your cravings for a worthy cause.


Where to Find Brunch on President’s Day 2020

Plan your Monday mimosas.

Eater DC

Where to Find Essential Donuts Around D.C.

Get them as a sidekick for coffee or as a hands-on dessert

Rockville Patch

Valentine’s Day: Restaurants Taking Reservations In Rockville

Looking to dine out for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner? Here are some suggestions in the Rockville area.

WJLA Good Morning Washington

Founding Farmers Recently Named Most Booked Restaurant

Open Table recently named Founding Farmers on Pennsylvania Avenue the most booked restaurant in the country. And with such a prestigious title — we had to see what all the fuss is about.

Washington City Paper

These Bars and Restaurants Trained the Next Generation of Local Hospitality Leaders

Passenger, Founding Farmers, and Tom Tom intentionally or unintentionally readied their staff to become their own bosses.

McLean Patch

Valentine’s Day 2020 Restaurant Options Around McLean, Tysons

Looking to dine out for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner? Here are some suggestions in the McLean and Tysons area.

Tysons Reporter

Local Food Scene Appetizing Draw For Tysons Vacationers

Recently labeled by Forbes as a “hidden gem” getaway spot for travelers, Tysons has plenty of options for a vacation or staycation — especially for foodies.

Washington Business Journal

Best Restaurants for Brunch on MLK Day Around DC

The long weekend means restaurants are offering brunch on Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 20). Here’s where to start the week with free-flowing mimosas, all-you-can-eat specials, and extended restaurant week promotions.

Bar and Restaurant Expo

Drink Trend: Some Like it Hot

From Maine to Washington, D.C., to the West Coast, spicy cocktails are enjoying some time in the (heat of the) sun.

Washington Business Journal

Founding Farmers, Timber Pizza and more coming to Reagan National

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on Wednesday announced the restaurant and retail slate for its new 14-gate northern concourse, which is expected to open in 2021.

Market Watch

Farm to Glass

Washington, D.C.-based Farmer’s Restaurant Group takes a homegrown approach to its craft cocktails.


Restaurants Open For Christmas 2019 In McLean, Tysons

Don’t feel like cooking on the holiday? We’ve rounded up options on Christmas Eve and Day.


Restaurants Serving Christmas Day Feasts Around DC

All Farmers Restaurant Group eateries are open for Christmas Day from 11 AM to 8 PM serving regular a la carte menus.


The most popular restaurant in America is here in DC

 In a society obsessed with uncovering the next best thing, capturing public interest for more than a few weeks is the holy grail of the restaurant industry. To be in business for 11 years and still be the hottest ticket in town, well that’s nearly unheard of. 

National Restaurant News

This Washington, D.C. restaurant was booked on OpenTable more than any other in 2019

It’s reportedly the sixth time the flagship unit has earned the most reservations. What makes it so popular?

Travel Pulse

OpenTable’s Top Food Trends of 2019

For foodies, traveling is the best way to discover something new and delicious and OpenTable recently dove into the data to determine what today’s diners are seeking out.


This Is the Most Popular Restaurant in America, According to OpenTable

Want to get a table at Washington D.C.’s Founding Farmers? Then you better make a reservation—because, according to OpenTable, everyone else already is.

Restaurant Business Online

Top 100 Independent Restaurants

Operators ranked in this year’s Top 100 Independents managed to bring in a combined $1.8 billion in 2018 while generally figuring out how to beat last year’s numbers, fill staffing gaps and even branch out and grow.

Washington Jewish Week

Best Brunch 2019

Founding Farmers MoCo won Best Brunch 2019

Mitchell Republic

Getting across success, fun of farming, North Dakota Farmers Union’s kids book has sold 4K copies 

The North Dakota Farmers Union in a year has sold more than 4,000 of its children’s book, titled “Our Family Farm: Everyone works on a family farm.”


Your Brunch Guide for Indigenous Peoples’ Day Around DC

You’re essentially presented with unlimited options at the Founding Famers restaurants in the area, as each location is ready to cook anything off the breakfast or lunch/dinner menu for you on Monday. Their Tysons location will have a brunch buffet available.


Road to Extraordinary: Bringing People to the Table with Dan Simons of Farmers Restaurant Group (Part 2)

Last week, I shared the first part of my interview with Dan Simons, founder and co-owner of Farmers Restaurant Group. We covered some of the early influences in his hospitality career, as well as Dan’s learnings from his first restaurant venture. It was so clear to me that for Dan, being around a table matters, relationships matter, and food matters. 

CBS Local

The Takeout: A CBS News original political podcast

Episode 138 (September 6, 2019): Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis at Founding Farmers in Tysons Corner

Vacation Idea

25 Best Washington D.C. Breakfast & Weekend Brunch Spots

Founding Farmers DC is a farm-to-table restaurant that focuses on market-driven comfort cuisine prepared using sustainable, locally sourced ingredients. 

The MoCo Show

Yom Kippur Dinner To Go at MoCo’s Founding Farmers

We are working with MoCo’s Founding Farmers to let you know about their specially prepared Yom Kippur Dinner To Go! Break the fast with their delicious, scratch-made Yom Kippur Dinner To Go. Just place your order and they’ll do all the work!

Moxie Awards

Consumer Services Winner

Farmers Restaurants Group won the 2019 Moxie Award for Consumer Services

Montgomery Magazine

Best Brunch

MoCo’s Founding Farmers wins Best Brunch in Montgomery Magazine’s Best of poll.

Her Campus

5 Must-Try Restaurants In Washington, D.C.

“My roommates had assured me that Founding Farmers was worth the hype, but I didn’t believe them until we tried it ourselves. The fried chicken and waffles, served with mac and cheese and green beans, is truly one of the best meals I’ve ever had. “


Your Guide to the Best Labor Day Brunches Around DC

“All Farmers Restaurant Group eateries will serve brunch on Labor Day. If you’re hanging in DC, Farmers & Distillers near Chinatown, Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown, and the downtown Founding Farmers are your best bets.”


Craving coffee? Here are Washington’s top 5 options

“Topping the list is Founding Farmers. Located at 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Foggy Bottom, the traditional American and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers coffee and tea and more, is the most popular coffee spot in Washington, boasting four stars out of 13,103 reviews on Yelp.”


Here are Washington’s top 5 breakfast and brunch spots

“Topping the list is Founding Farmers. Located at 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Foggy Bottom, it is the most popular breakfast and brunch restaurant in Washington, boasting four stars out of 13,014 reviews on Yelp.”


These are the best kid-friendly restaurants in America, according to OpenTable

“To procure its 50 kid-friendly restaurants, OpenTable analyzed more than 12 million reviews by verified diners who use the digital platform. Over 30,000 restaurants were surveyed and the 50 with the most amount of “kid-friendly” or “child-friendly” rankings won.”


SummerFest: Eat Around The World With One Stop In King Of Prussia

“At Founding Farmers, have your fix of more than just farm to table. They offer big plates that celebrate America’s landscape.”


Winners: WTOP’s 2019 TOP 10 Contest

Best Brunch, runner-up


The best dessert from every state

“WASHINGTON D.C.: Founding Farmers serves ultra-patriotic desserts, including beignets, apple pie, and milkshakes. Their best dessert is Ellen’s Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting and vanilla bean ice cream.”


Berry Good: 13 Blue-Ribbon Blackberry Dishes + Drinks

“The Blackberry Sour incorporates rye, Grand Marnier, lemon, fresh muddled blackberries, and egg white. Garnished with a lemon wheel and blackberry, it’s a fruit-forward sipper with just enough bite from the rye to balance it all out. Just what you want when the temps hit the triple digits.
Rave review: “It was fantastic. We brought some friends [and it was the] first time for them, they loved it. Service was great — ambiance, food, and drinks, just all around a great experience.”

Washington City Paper

Foggy Bottom Restaurants Convert Food Waste Into Profit With Discounted Meal Service

“Farmers Restaurant Group founder Dan Simons says the Foggy Bottom location of Founding Farmers was Last Call For Food’s second partner when they signed on in March. The partnership was an easy sell because the restaurant already focuses on sustainability by composting the majority of its food waste, according to Simons.”


Here are the top independent D.C.-area restaurants by sales

“Three locations of the Founding Farmers received recognition. Restaurants on Pennsylvania Avenue NW and in Tysons were ranked No. 43 and No. 92, respectively…”

Northern Virginia Living

Northern Virginia: Food & Drink Winners 2019Third Place, Best Brunch

Third Place: Best Brunch in Northern Virginia


New York’s Best-Rated Restaurant May Shock You

“American” cuisine–a semi-ambiguous culinary category that includes southern, diner, and vegan food on Yelp–makes a strong showing, unsurprisingly, listed as the “cuisine” of a top-reviewed restaurant in 13 states, including Stephanie Izard’s famed Girl & The Goat in Chicago, Illinois, and Founding Farmers, a farmer-owned outpost in Washington, D.C. Pizza, burgers, and seafood also made multiple appearances on the list with many coastal states rating seafood restaurants best.”

Montco Restaurants Reveal their Favorite Dish

“Once Chef Joe waited hours to try it, he was inspired and converted all of Founding Farmers’ roasted chicken to mimic the delicious flavors – and of course Chef added his own flair!”


A Week In Rockville, MD, On A $50,000 Salary

“We go to Founding Farmers up in Potomac. They have a lot of really rich food there, so I go all out and get fried chicken and waffles with green beans and mac ‘n’ cheese on the side. My family also orders a bunch of desserts, and I have some chocolate mousse cake. My parents pay.”


D.C. Businesses Will Soon Be Fined $800 For Providing Plastic Straws

“According to Dan Simons, founder of Our Last Straw and of Farmers Restaurant Group, next on their docket is all single-use plastic items, which include utensils, cups, bottles, and the like.”


West end of Pennsylvania Avenue NW could be redesigned to include protected bike lanes

“The World Bank, the United Nations Foundation, restaurant Founding Farmers, and George Washington University are some of the organizations that occupy space along the corridor.”


Where to Brunch on July 4th and Independence Day Weekend Around DC

“All Farmers Restaurant Group eateries will serve brunch  on Independence Day. If you’re heading to the fireworks in DC, Farmers & Distillers near Chinatown, Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown, and the downtown Founding Farmers are your best bets.”


Father’s Day 2019 Reservations: Restaurants In McLean

“Looking for a place to treat Dad on Father’s Day? We’ve got some suggestions around McLean and Tysons.”


Feeding College Students

“Students are struggling not just to pay for tuition, board, and books, but also for day-to-day meals. This as a new report shows 36 percent are “food-insecure. Matt Prichard spoke with a new start-up that’s looking to take some of the pressure off of students.”

Food Drink Magazine

A Transformative Breakfast

“There are nine Founding Farmers-affiliated locations in DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, each I’m sure that will make you feel taken care of and part of a community wanting to grow and thrive and love. Definitely make a reservation at the Pennsylvania Avenue location because there wasn’t a single empty table. 

Maryland Green Registry

Annual Leadership Awards 2019

Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles presented the Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards to five member organizations which were selected by a judging panel for their strong commitment to sustainable practices, measurable results, and continual improvement. Founding Farmers was one of five winners.

Washington City Paper

Best of DC 2019

Founding Farmers won Best Bloody Mary in DC; and came in 2nd Place for Best Fried Chicken in DC”


The 100 Best Restaurants for Mother’s Day Brunch

“Where should you go for Mother’s Day brunch this year? Try one of these top-rated restaurants, voted the best of the best for brunch on OpenTable.”

The Patch

Mother’s Day 2019: Where to go in McClean

“Whether you want to treat your mom to brunch or dinner, there are plenty of options around McLean on Sunday, May 12.”

Our Community Now

Where to Go for Mother’s Day Brunch in NoVA

“The Founding Farmers weekend brunch buffet is famous for its variety. Choose from breakfast food, supper food, gourmet French toast, endless desserts, and more for just $32.95 per person or $16 for children ages 7-12. See the full brunch buffet menu here.”

The Patch

Mother’s Day 2019 Reservations: Where To Go In Vienna

“With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, it’s never too early to start thinking about reservations. Whether you want to treat your mom to brunch or dinner, there are plenty of options around Vienna on Sunday, May 12.”

The Inquirer

King of Prussia’s restaurant week raised $54,500 for CHOP

“From March 11 to 17, 44 KOP restaurants including the Bonefish Grill, Revolution Chop House and Founding Farmers offered prix fixe menus and donated a portion of proceeds to CHOP’s KOP location.” 


Get Ready for Mother’s Day: OpenTable Reveals the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America 2019 #OpenTable100

“Featuring restaurants coast-to-coast, across 24 states and Washington, D.C., the list is a comprehensive look at the best brunch spots in the country.”


100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America: OpenTable Releases Its 2019 List

“OpenTable, the restaurant reservations system, just released one of its more popular user–generated lists: The 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America.”

Washington Business Journal

How 2 GWU alums are making meals cheaper for students — and bringing local restaurants business 

“D.C.-based Last Call recently got a shot in the arm from the New Venture Competition at George Washington University, a pitch contest for resident startups to secure funding.”

The Patch

Easter 2019: Silver Spring Restaurants Open For Brunch, Dinner

“Between egg hunts and family celebrations, you may want to let someone else do the cooking on Easter.”


To Celebrate Earth Day, OpenTable Reveals the Best Eco-Friendly Restaurants Across the U.S.A

Widely considered one of the greenest restaurants in the D.C. area, Founding Fathers is completely owned and supplied by thousands of North Dakota farmers. It also employs a number of ecological practices including recycling and composting and was the city’s first LEED-certified environmentally designed restaurant.


Bridging the Gap

“In April 2018, Taylor and Schumacher lingered over lunch on the sunny patio at MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac.”


16 super-satisfying ways to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day

“…here’s a slideshow featuring a ridiculous number of gooey, melty versions of the ubiquitous American classic found around the DMV.”


“Stop Sucking: DC Says ‘No’ to Single-Use Plastic Straws”

“So it comes as no surprise that when Founding Farmers co-owner Dan Simons launched a campaign in early 2018 to formally do away with single-use plastic straws in DC’s hospitality industry, he found a groundswell of support. The Our Last Straw coalition incorporated as a nonprofit organization and rapidly picked up over 200 partners in bars, restaurants, hotels and nonprofits across the greater DC area.


A Transformative Breakfast

“We turned onto Pennsylvania Avenue and my hunger lit up. There was a revolving door to get into the restaurant that was both scary and fun. People were packed like sardines, and there was a beautiful wall lined with plants. I had made reservations online a few days prior, so I went up to the podium to let the friendly hostess know and we were seated in a couple minutes.”


The Best DC-Area Restaurants for Brunch with a Big Group

“All of the restaurants within the Farmers family—Founding Farmers, Farmers & Distillers, Farmers Fishers Bakers—excel at catering to large parties. Giant menus and weekend brunch buffets take the something-for-everyone approach, and there’s ample seating and large booths at all branches. An added bonus: you can make large-party bookings online for big parties (say 10 to 12) at most locales.”


15 Restaurants with Private Wine Labels for a Wine Lover’s Night Out

“The restaurant’s Virginia Vines Rosé is a collabo with Early Mountain Vineyards in nearby Madison, Virginia. The winery was chosen due to their commitment to sustainable agriculture, which mirrors Founding Farmers’ mission. Refreshing, light, and balanced, the resulting rosé was designed to either be paired or simply sipped solo.”


The Founding Farmers Cookbook, second edition: 100 Recipes From the Restaurant Owned by American Family Farmers

“Take a fresh look at what you put on the table with the revised, second edition of The Founding Farmers Cookbook: 100 Recipes from the Restaurant Owned by American Family Farmers, from one of America’s most popular and sustainable restaurants—where everything is seen through the eyes of the farmer.”


13 Instagram-Worthy Brunch Spots in the Philadelphia Suburbs

“Two words: Brunch buffet. Come hungry to Founding Farmers’ all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on weekend mornings and select holidays. Highlights include bananas foster French toast, glazed donuts and bacon lollipops.”


DC Restaurants Dominate 2019 RAMMYs

Paris Twyman, Founding Farmers Tysons

“The nominations are in for the 2019 RAMMY awards, and restaurants located in the District absolutely dominated the list.”


Here are the Restaurants Nominated for RAMMYs This Year 

Paris Twyman, Founding Farmers Tysons

“The annual awards, presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, celebrate individuals and organizations in the District’s food service community.”


Here Are the Finalists for the 2019 RAMMY Awards

Paris Twyman, Founding Farmers Tysons

“The nominee is a non-owner manager or general manager in the food service industry who displays the highest level of professionalism and leadership. This person must be an inspiration and mentor to all his/her co-workers displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image.”

Online Career Tips

Plastic Straws and Stirrers Vanishing from Public Use

“To support the local government ordinance, a group of D.C. restaurants, bars and hotels formed a business and political organization called Our Last Straw (OLS). This group is composed of members such as Farmers Restaurant Group and Founding Farmers.”


Here Are the 2019 Rammy Awards Finalists

“Washington’s local dining association on Monday announced the finalists for its annual Rammy Awards, providing a snapshot of the state of the restaurant industry in D.C.”


BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Ali Spiesman, agent at CAA

“When I’m not running around Union Station, or to a network bureau, I’m either going for a run on the Mall, or eating my way through my favorite D.C. restaurants: the cornbread and mac & cheese from Founding Farmers…”

Tysons Reporter

Super Bowl Libations and Food

“To go catering where you can order off the full menu.”

Arlington Magazine

Dry Out With These Mocktails

“The Tysons outpost features rickey flavors that change seasonally and are served over pebble ice for a quick chill and big flavor. “


Where and How to Enjoy Free Corkage in D.C.

“All locations — including Farmers Fishers Bakers and Founding Farmers — offer no corkage fee for the first bottle, and $25 for each bottle after (as long as the wine isn’t available for sale at the restaurant).”

Interior Design

14 Simply Amazing Bars

“Above the bar, pendant fixtures by Raimond Puts hang below a canopy built like the roof of a barn in stained Douglas fir.”

The GW Hatchet

D.C. restaurants serving Thanksgiving feasts

“As a classic option adjacent to campus, Founding Farmers offers a special pre-set menu of shared plates alongside an appetizer, main dish and dessert course for each person ($39), with iced tea and drip coffee included. Split between shared plates like brioche rolls or skillet cornbread topped with honey butter and tart jam.”


Thanksgiving in Philly: Where to Dine Out

“Founding Farmers in King of Prussia Town Center will serve a Thanksgiving dinner that starts right with cornbread, biscuits, and brioche rolls. Diners choose among several entrees (turkey, glazed ham, fried chicken, prime rib, pork tenderloin, fish, and a mushroom loaf), and a host of sides come with the meal: mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, sweet potatoes, green beans, roasted vegetables, and cornbread stuffing. Dessert includes a choice of several pies or carrot cake.”

My MC Media

Gala Honors Going Green

“The company, which has a restaurant in Potomac, has prioritized eco-friendly practices including the elimination of plastic straws, serving only beer on tap and making its own sodas.”

Travel Fashion Girl

What to Pack for Washington D.C. Year-Round

“You’ll blend right into the brunch crowd at Founding Farmers on the weekend, which offers an array of organic farm-to-table dishes.”


OpenTable Reveals the 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America

“The 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians list is generated solely from more than 12 million verified OpenTable diner reviews for more than 28,000 restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. collected between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018.”

Food & Wine

The 50 Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in America, According to OpenTable

 “All restaurants with a minimum ‘overall’ score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration,” read a press release. “Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which ‘vegan’ and ‘vegetarian’ was selected as a special feature.”

PR Newswire

OpenTable Reveals the 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America

“Featuring restaurants coast-to-coast across 15 states and Washington, D.C., the list includes a variety of cuisines ranging from American to Indian to Mediterranean — perfect for vegetarians everywhere and even omnivores accompanying their veggie-loving friends.”

USA Today

Here are the 50 best restaurants for vegetarians in America, according to OpenTable

“With plant-based diets on the rise, the online restaurant-reservation service has complied a list of the 50 best restaurants for vegetarians in the U.S. based on more than 12 million diner reviews.”


The 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians: OpenTable Releases Its Latest List

“Coming in third is the District of Columbia with seven honorees, most of which are under the umbrella of Farmers Restaurant Group: Founding Farmers, Farmers and Distillers, and Farmers Fishers Bakers.”


OpenTable Reveals the 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America 2018

“The 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians list is generated solely from more than 12 million verified OpenTable diner reviews for more than 28,000 restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. collected between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018.”

Eater DC

Where to Eat Around Tysons Corner

“The burgeoning Founding Farmers chain has taken its act to Tysons Corner, serving the same modern American cooking that lures diners to its other area locations from breakfast through dinner — people here crave the Cedar Park salmon. Portions are generous, and seasonally inspired cocktails are a worth a try as well.”

Reston Now

Tonight: ‘Art Reveal’ at Founding Farmers in Reston Station

“The interior of the restaurant includes work by local and regional artists, all centered around the theme of Thomas Jefferson and Monticello. Featured artwork includes a North Dakota Farmers  Union Laundry line, which hangs from the restaurant’s ceiling.”

Bethesda Magazine

Bethesda Magazine Announces 2018 Green Award Winners

“MoCo Founding Farmers, a Potomac restaurant, has prioritized eco-friendly practices. In June, the restaurant and national chain its part of launched an initiative to eliminate the use of plastic straws. It uses recycled and refurbished materials in its restaurant construction and efficient lighting and smart heating and cooling systems.”

Vacation Idea

25 Best Burgers in D.C.

“The restaurant is constructed and decorated with many recycled and refurbished materials and they recycle waste and compost wherever possible. The restaurant serves several farm-fresh beef, turkey, and veggie burgers. The burgers are topped with fresh ingredients and served with fries, Farmers chips, or something else from their side menu.”

USA Today

Profitable eateries: Highest grossing restaurants in America

“This unique LEED Gold Certified establishment, which opened in 2008, is one of five restaurants — four in the D.C. area, one in Pennsylvania — owned primarily by more than 47,000 family farmers belonging to the North Dakota Farmers Union. Hundreds of farms involved supply raw materials to the restaurants.”

Valley Forge

Top Ice Cream Picks

“Enjoy Founding Farmers delicious house-churned ice cream in a float, shake or specialty sundae – or topping a homemade slice of pie. Feeling fancy? Try the affogato: a scoop of ice cream with espresso, cold nitro brew or Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro shot.”



The Classics: The Most Iconic Dishes in Washington, D.C.

“This top seller has been on the menu since opening day. Baked in a cast-iron skillet, the kernel-pocked round arrives warm from the oven.”


100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America for 2018

“Fun, delicious, and a great treat for Mother’s Day, brunch brings people together like no other meal. Gather with family or friends at one of 2018’s 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America, and keep building your story around the table.”

 Eater DC

Fried Food Fans Are Happy Founding Farmers Found Its Way to Reston

“Probably the best chicken I’ve had since moving from Louisiana.”

Northern Virginia Magazine

Newest Founding Farmers location nods to Monticello

“The team did extensive research about Jefferson and visited Monticello in order to inform the design and menus.”

Eater DC

Founding Farmers Is Now Open in Reston

“The Reston outpost features familiar offerings from across the growing family of restaurants including specialty doughnuts, locally distilled spirits, gourmet burgers, fried chicken (with or without waffles), and more.”

Reston Now

Now Open: Founding Farmers at Reston Station

Founding Farmers, a 13,000-square-foot restaurant, is now open at 1904 Reston Metro Plaza.”


N.D. Farmers Union Opens 7th Restaurant in Virginia

“Like other Founding Farmers restaurants, the newest storefront will feature made-from-scratch comfort food served at affordable prices with ingredients sourced from American family farms and ranches.”

Hungry Lobbyist

Best Restaurants by Every D.C. Metro Stop

“To help make it easy, the team put together your new go-to cheat sheet for the best places to eat no matter where your train stops (here’s looking at you weekend single tracking!).”


The Secret to Founding Farmers’ Popularity Includes a Staff Masseuse and House Vodka

“The decade-old comfort food spot is one of the most-booked, highest-grossing restaurants in the country.”

Washington Post

Right outside the nation’s capital lies a county bursting with culture

“Taking the “farm-to-table” mantra extremely seriously, Founding Farmers in Potomac is supplied by family farms and owned by a union of more than 47,000 farmers.”

Eater DC

Local Chain Founding Farmers’ New Reston Restaurant Arrives April 11

“The Founding Farmers currently taking shape in Reston, Virginia, is now scheduled to open on Wednesday, April 11, with management planning to pay homage to former President Thomas Jefferson — a founding father who also happened to be one of America’s earliest foodies.”


Founding Farmers Reston Is An Ode to Thomas Jefferson-With Fried Chicken and Doughnuts

“The Founding Fathers theme will continue at Founding Farmers’ forthcoming Reston restaurant. This time, though, it’s all about Thomas Jefferson (minus the man-bun, sorry).”

NYC Food Policy

NYC Food Policy Center Interview with Kathleen Merrigan

“We are doing it with the Farmers Restaurant Group and National Farmers Union to put out basic literacy factoids for people.”

 Main Line Today

20 Best New Restaurants on the Main Line

“At this all-day restaurant, bar and bakery in the humming King of Prussia Town Center, the cheery First Bake Cafe & Creamery greets patrons on the main level, offering house-roasted coffees, fresh-churned ice cream, and freshly baked bagels, doughnuts and pastries.”

 Restaurant Hospitality Magazine

When farmers own restaurants

“The mission of Farmers Restaurant Group is to pay family farmers more for the products,” Simons said. “Even if they don’t supply us product, farmers can partake in the profit sharing as investors. This model gives them a way to participate in the profitability of a food business that reflects their values.”

Washington Business Journal

 3 Food and Beverage Execs you need to know

“The secret? “We’re cooking for the people, not the critics,” Vucurevich says, and being successful means staying on trend with what the people want to eat. This fall, Founding Farmers jumped on the growing plant-based food trend and added the “Impossible Burger,” a vegetarian burger that looks and tastes like beef.”

Washington Business Journal

5 ways your lunchtime schmoozing will change

“Sarah Van Dell started Plum Relish, which delivers bento-box-style meals designed by chef-driven restaurant groups such Mike Isabella Concepts and Farmers Restaurant Group, with this demographic in mind. Since her launch, she’s tweaked the model, reducing the minimum number of meals required to accommodate the likes of board meetings.”

Eater DC

Original Founding Farmers is King of Yelp Reviews in D.C.

“Co-owner Dan Simons says the restaurant group doesn’t actively do anything to encourage Yelp reviews, but he and his team try to respond to every post either publicly or with a private message. They make a point of not typing differently than they talk. No copy and paste. No form letters.”


Founding Farmers Sets DC Record For Number of Yelp Reviews

“Co-owner Dan Simons says the restaurant group doesn’t actively do anything to encourage Yelp reviews, but he and his team try to respond to every post either publicly or with a private message. They make a point of not typing differently than they talk. No copy and paste. No form letters.”

Brightest Young Things

Vegetarian Reuben Roundup

Founding Farmers features a veggie Reuben on their meatless menu, and it is simplest and most classic of all the veggie Reubens. Mushrooms are served on a bed of kraut and topped with Swiss cheese, sandwiched between house made seeded rye bread.

Huffington Post

High Quality Food and Convenience: One Smart Partnership Working to Deliver Better Food to the Office

 “On most regular workdays, we know people can’t or don’t want to take the time to leave the office to eat, or even leave the office to pick up food,” says Founding Farmers co-owner Dan Simons. “But we also know many want and need good food to keep their productivity up. We are working in multiple ways to get our wholesome, scratch-made food to people at their desks.”

The Washington Post

Gene Weingarten vs. the meatless Impossible Burger: Will he taste victory? Let’s Eat: How we roll Now in

We met up at Founding Farmers in Washington, the first local place to serve Impossible Burgers. I set it up as a taste test. Bruce ordered the Impossible Burger. Rachel ordered the Impossible Burger. I ordered two burgers: one beef, one Impossible.

The Town Dish

An Evolution of Farm-to-Table: Founding Farmers Opens in King of Prussia

“‘When your restaurant’s majority owners are more than 47,000 American family farmers, then we can promise that our purchasing dollars align with those values—which are our values, too,” said Dan Simons, Founding Farmers co-owner. Simons, along with co-owner Michael Vucurevich and King of Prussia managing partner Francis Lake, built the restaurant around a commitment to honor hardworking farmers.”


Flower Power: 10 Top Cauliflower Dishes to Order Now

“No cows were harmed in the making of this steak. The cauli-filet is so tender you can cut it with a butter knife. Risotto fills out the plate.”

Eater Philly

Thanksgiving in Philly: Where to Dine Out

“The new Founding Farmers in King of Prussia Town Centerwill serve a Thanksgiving dinner that starts right with cornbread, biscuits, and brioche rolls. Diners choose among several entrees (turkey, glazed ham, fried chicken, prime rib, pork tenderloin, fish, and a mushroom loaf). A host of sides come with the meal: mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, sweet potatoes, green beans, roasted autumn vegetables, and cornbread stuffing. Dessert includes a choice of several pies or carrot cake.”

Philly Inquirer

Let’s Eat: Bring your clubs to  club

“You want it, you pretty much can get it at the sprawling Founding Farmers, which just opened in King of Prussia Town Center. There’s a bake shop, a creamery, a bar pouring house-made spirits, and well-portioned, American food. Day starts with breakfasts served at the Reading Terminal-inspired U-shaped counter on the first floor, and segues to lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks upstairs.”

Philly Inquirer

Founding Farmers keeps farming legacy alive at King of Prussia Town Center

“If you read the trade magazines, most restaurants are trying to save on costs, like how to buy frozen food, hire co-packers and outsourcing, and shrink the kitchen and use kiosks instead of human beings,” Simons said. “But to do really awesome food that you are proud of, you have to be willing to grow and train people.”


6 Must-Try Hotdogs in D.C.

The hot dog here falls in line with the Foggy Bottom restaurant’s commitment to sourcing locally: The beef hot dogs are made by Stachowski’s in Georgetown, the buns are made by sister restaurant Farmers Fishers Bakers, the chili is made in-house with seasonal ingredients and it’s all garnished with minced yellow onions and Tillamook Cheddar.

The Washington Post

We tried meatless ‘Impossible Burger’ at two D.C. restaurants. Here’s what it tastes like.

“Farmers Restaurant Group — which owns Founding FarmersFarmers & Distillers and Farmers Fishers Bakers — serves Impossible Burger at all three restaurants. We tried the F&D All American Burger at Farmers & Distillers, and although the burger’s not juicy or plump enough to convert true meat lovers, the results are downright delicious.”

Philadelphia Business Journal

Look inside D.C.’s Founding Farmers as it preps for KoP debut

“The 14,046-square-foot, bi-level outpost is a unique model within the Farmers Restaurant Group portfolio of restaurants; it will be a first-of-its-kind for the group, which hired over 200 people for the King of Prussia outpost.”

Times Herald

Opening Soon: Founding Farmers, First Bake Cafe at King of Prussia Town Center

“What is arguably the crowning jewel of the King of Prussia Town Center dining scene will open its doors on Nov. 1.”

Eater Philly

Upcoming Philly Restaurants: More Hoagies, Tacos, and Pizza Heading This Way

“The first Philly-area location of Founding Farmers is opening in King of Prussia Town Center on November 1. The restaurant, which started in Washington, D.C., is majority owned by the North Dakota Farmers Union, made up of more than 47,500 family farmers. The King of Prussia location is 14,000 square feet, with a restaurant, bar, and cafe/ice cream shop.”


Founding Farmers’ New Vegetarian Burger Smells, Tastes, and Bleeds Like Meat

“California-based Impossible Foods is doing just that. Its first product, the Impossible Burger, will be served at all three DC-area Founding Farmers restaurants starting today, plus sister ventures Farmers Fishers Bakers and Farmers & Distillers.”

Brightest Young Things

Columbus Day Brunch in D.C.

The Town Dish

Founding Farmers Sets an Opening Date at King of Prussia

“Big news for everyone who’s excited about Founding Farmers coming to the Philly area: Founding Farmers King of Prussia has set an official opening date of Wednesday, November 1, and reservations are already going on the books.”

Philly Mag

Founding Farmers Sets an Opening Date at King of Prussia

“Wednesday, November 1st is the official opening day, but reservations are already being accepted. Know why that matters for what is essentially an enormous chain restaurant? Because this particular enormous chain restaurant (or at least the D.C. location) has been the single most booked restaurant on Open Table for six years running.”

Philly Inquirer

It’s about the Center City shopping, too, new marketing push says

“I see them as clearly, distinctively separate markets,” Simons said. “If an opportunity opens up in Center City with a landlord that loves us and a specific neighborhood that loves us, then I would go for it, be it in six months or six years.”

Eater DC

Labor Day Brunch Guide


8 Reasons Your Kids Should Work in Restaurants

“Sitting down with Dan Simons, co-owner of the most booked restaurant in the nation on OpenTable, Founding Farmers, we learned a lot about why restaurant work is not only a draw for teens and young adults but why he thinks every kid, beginning with teenagers, should work in restaurants.”

Washington City Paper

When You Weren’t Looking Uber and Lyft Shaped D.C.’s Restaurant Scene

“The company keeps track of the bars and restaurants that customers request rides to the most. In 2016, the Foggy Bottom location of Founding Farmers was the most frequented restaurant…”

Philadelphia Business Journal

D.C. eatery Founding Farmers bringing unique concept to KoP outpost, hiring 200

“Washington, D.C.-based restaurateurs this fall will open their first eatery outside the nation’s capital in King of Prussia, which will employ about 200 people and serve as a sort of pilot model that could have business implications as the company grows.”

Brightest Young Things

5 Brunches To Try This Weekend: Vegetarian Edition

“You can find some great vegetarian brunch plates here for yourself (or to share), including a wide selection of savory and sweet. Stuffed french toast, red velvet pancakes and peanut butter banana toast? Oh my! Take your sweet toothed wholesome veggie friend here and they’ll love you forever.”


Flippin’ For Pancakes

Local Yelpers talk their favorite pancake spots.


America’s 50 Best Breakfast Spots

“The food here is always seasonal and fresh with an emphasis on all-American dishes in generous portions. Try the classic egg’s benedict or the red velvet cupcakes. You won’t be disappointed.”

Brightest Young Things

BYT Burger Guide

“Choose from two veggie burger options: a rice, bean, and tofu option for something lighter and nutrient filled, and a more decadent cranberry and brie veggie burger, for something heavier and more decadent. “

Battered and Brewed

Battered and Brewed Food on Tour: Where Entertainers Eat and Drink Across the Country

Country music star, Lindsay Lawler, names FFDC as one of her favorite spots to eat when she’s on the road.


Dine Your Way Through D.C. At These Ten Restaurants

“Located in Foggy Bottom, just a stone’s throw from the White House, Founding Farmers is known for sustainably-sourced food made from scratch. The District’s most geo-tagged restaurant on Instagram and OpenTable’s most booked restaurant in the nation, Founding Farmers is a staple among city residents and tourists alike.”

Brightest Young Things

Where to Get Breakfast (Not Brunch) in D.C.

“Easily the most business meeting friendly spot in DC (and Montgomery County), Founding Farmers offers a dedicated breakfast menu and wi-fi to make your 9am conference a little more bearable. Between the Cast Iron Skillet eggs and the Stuffed New Orleans French Toast, you’ll make it out okay.”


How Founding Farmers Became the Most Booked Restaurant in the US for 5 Years Running

“We want our guests to feel that we are taking care of them… We meet them where they are, in the complexity of their lives and give them a comfortable seat, tasty food and drink, and good service. It’s that simple, regardless of how complex it might be to execute.”


How To Make Corporate Responsibility A Driver In Your Business

“Our concern for the environment has always been paramount, and our talents and abilities to deliver on our vision are increasing as we grow,” says Owner Dan Simons. “We are family-farmer-centric, people-centric, and these principles guide all of our decisions. Our menus emphasize food that is connected to people and the earth. Our sources are primarily family farms, and we make the vast majority of our food from scratch and in-house.”


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.”


The Lyftie Awards

Founding Farmers DC named the most visited restaurant by Lyft users.

USA Today

Instagram’s most geo-tagged restaurants in every state

“Washington, D.C.’s most geotagged restaurant on Instagram is Founding Farmers, located just three blocks from the White House. Instagram: @FoundingFarmers”


Washingtonian Readers Pick Their Favorite Bars and Restaurants

Founding Farmers voted one of the best brunches in DC by Washingtonian readers.

All Top Start Ups

Founding Farmer Founder Dan Simons Talks Labor Abuse and Climate Change

“As with anything involving ethics, it’s easier to just not look and let the blame fall to someone else, but as a consumer, you have the choice to punish those firms that turn a blind eye to abuses,” said Simons. “Founding Farmers is based around the idea that sustainability is more than a goal, it’s a requirement.”

Huffington Post

How to Respond To Bad Reviews, And Come Back Stronger

“We’re transparent about who we are and what we do. When we make a mistake, I want to know about it, take responsibility for it, and correct it. I acknowledge that with the wide range of difficult things our team tries to accomplish every day, and in our refusal to use chain-restaurant methodology to simplify and dumb things down, that we’ll fall short sometimes. I’m proud of our people who do the detailed, complex work that it takes to serve our guests every day.”

Full-Service Restaurant Magazine

Lessons In Leftovers

“The three Founding Farmers restaurants in and around Washington, D.C., also pride themselves on cross-utilization. “It’s rare when we have something that has a one-time use,” says managing partner Mary Carter. ‘It’s about making sure your menu has a lot of options for what you’re doing, and being as creative as you can.'”

restaurant + design magazine

Restaurant Reclamation

“People said we were crazy — we’re on the backside of an office building, the entrance is strange, and two restaurants have failed there.”


Restaurant Evolution: When to Change & When to Expand

“Deciding we were ready to expand was a combination of believing we had developed the managerial talent to still execute well, combined with the demand for reservations,” says Dan Simons, co-owner of Founding Farmers. “We had more demand than we had seats. There was a line out the door.” Once you’ve made that decision, though, the details matter.


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.”

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.”

Huffington Post

A New Deal For Farmers – How Founding Farmers Is Changing the Game

“Farming represents the backbone of America’s food machine. There are 3.2 million farmers in the United States, and this aging group has been getting a raw deal for some time. It’s all down to the way farmers do their business. But Founding Farmers is one startup looking to change that.”

Corporate Responsiblity Magazine

How a Group of Farmer-Owner Restaurants Uses the Family Farm as a Business Model for Sustainability

“It’s often assumed that it’s not possible to maintain high-level sustainability practices while still remaining profitable, especially in the restaurant business. But Farmers Restaurant Group (FRG), which operates a handful of popular restaurants in and around the nation’s capital, is doing just that.”


Restaurants Are Now Being Designed With Instagram In Mind

“Interior designer Brooke Loewen of Grizform Design Architects points to the host stand at Founding Farmers Tysons. It’s a part of a restaurant that typically goes unnoticed, but there it depicts the bottom half of a horse, and its centaur-like effect makes it a desirable shot for customers: ‘Anytime a restaurant can get guests to interact with their brand—which interior design is a part of—and the guests post it, that’s the biggest endorsement.'”


Go Fish — Find Super-Trendy Poke at These Places in DC

“Poke finds its way onto this menu through a spicy ahi tuna poke salad, served with avocado, cabbage, onion, mint, basil, and peppers.”

Business Insider

The 20 best US cities to live in if you love to try new food

DC Modern Luxury

April Food + Drink Guide

“The modern American menu of this eco-chic eatery on the Georgetown waterfront has something for everyone (including a sushi bar!).”

Bethesda Magazine

Bethesda Magazine announced FFMoCo as “Best Restaurant in Potomac”

“Best Restaurant in Potomac (Readers’ Pick)”

Brightest Young Things

Happy Hour Hotline: Tiki Edition

“The tiki and tropical cocktail selection at Farmers Fishers Bakers is very extensive. Order the Suffering Georgetowner (with botanist gin, high west, rendezvous rye, lime, ginger, bitters, and seltzer) and think about what the implications of its name are. Or if you want to keep the mood light try the Islay Swizzle or Bahama Mama. Cheers!”

Washington City Paper

Reader Poll: D.C.’s Alcoholic Punch

Farmers Fishers Bakers voted runner-up for Best Alcoholic Punch by Washington City Paper.

Washington City Paper

Reader Poll: D.C.’s Best Brunch

Founding Farmers DC voted runner-up for Best Brunch by Washington City Paper.

Washington City Paper

Reader Poll: D.C.’s Best Downtown Lunch

Founding Farmers DC voted runner-up for Best Downtown Lunch by Washington City Paper.

Washington City Paper

Reader Poll: D.C.’s Best Bloody Mary

Founding Farmers DC voted runner-up for Best Bloody Mary by Washington City Paper.


Best of Washington

Readers chose Founding Farmers DC as a popular brunch spot in Washingtonian’s Best of Washington feature


The 16 Most Important Restaurants in DC

“Before the tidal wave of the “farm-to-table” movement swept DC, there was Founding Farmers. The restaurant was committed to working directly with farmers before it was a buzz-generating line to put on a menu. In fact, American family farmers from across the country collectively own it.”


D.C.’s Food Court: Fine Dining, Food Trucks, and Everything in Between

“If there’s one thing residents in the DMV know best, it’s how to brunch. So it’s no surprise several D.C.-area restaurants made OpenTable’s list of the Top 100 Brunch Restaurants in America.”

US Green Business Council

USGBC loves DC: Greenbuild comes home- Restaurant feature

“We can’t make a list of top restaurants to visit while in DC attending Greenbuild without mentioning the obvious pick: Founding Farmers! Not only is this downtown restaurant LEED Gold, it also has some truly delicious food and drinks. Our pick: the grilled cheese and tomato soup!”


Hot Dog Day: A Dozen Delicious Must-Try Haute Dogs

“You know what they say about little hot dogs? Little buns. You can choose big flavored mini franks sassed up with tomato chow-chow, blue cheese and bacon, or our favorite, chili with shredded cheddar.”

Immersion Travel

10 Sustainable Restaurants in DC

“Whether patrons flock to the locations on Pennsylvania Ave. or suburban streets in Maryland and Virginia, they know they will have to wait for a while to be seated; time is a price to pay for dining at of the most popular restaurants in the area. Not only is the food sustainable, but the spaces themselves are LEED certified, which ensures that the construction and décor of the restaurants have minimal ecological impact.”


Vital Power Breakfast Spots to know in DC

“A stone’s throw from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, this restaurant draws tourists and deal makers to its well-regarded breakfasts and brunches.”


No More Labels on Meat? What the Change in the Law Means for your Food

“‘At this point, we’ve just taken the ability for a consumer to be able to make a choice for them and their family,’ says Mary Carter, managing partner at D.C.’s Founding Farmers, a restaurant that espoused farm-to-table, long before it was a buzzword. ‘We’ve basically taken education away from people who want it. So now, consumers have no chance to make a choice, unless they absolutely have a relationship like we do with our vendors.’”

Capitol File

5 Mac and Cheese Dishes in DC Worth Indulging In

“Lobster mac & cheese at Founding Farmers: A masterful blend of Gouda, yellow cheddar, white cheddar, Gruyère, Grana Padano, and muenster, this hearty mac and cheese bowl from Founding Farmers is textured with breadcrumbs and topped off with an actual lobster tail.”


8 Dark and Stormy Cocktails You Should Be Drinking Now

“Barman Jon Arroyo covers the classics, including a Dark and Stormy made the old fashioned way: Goslings black seal rum, ginger beer, and lime.”

Viva Tysons

Breakfast in Tysons Corner

“Sip on a coffee or espresso, try one of their cold-pressed juice blends, or even a breakfast cocktail while you’re devouring the best stuffed French toast or Farmhouse waffles you’ve ever had. How about some made-to-order beignets with raspberry coulis or chocolate?”


Iconic College Restaurants

Founding Farmers is one of the picks for iconic college restaurants (Georgetown University)

The New York Times

In All-Gender Restrooms, the Signs Reflect the Times

“There is no mistaking who can go where at the Founding Farmers restaurant in Washington, D.C.; its restroom doors read Men, Women and the Rest of Us. “I realized that for some people this is a stressful topic,” he added, “and I thought: ‘Why don’t I make it clear? We need a label that says no label.’ “

Restaurant Business Online

4 Ways to keep Recycling Costs in Check

“To keep compost and recyclables out of costly landfill garbage, the bins are color-coded and placed in strategic spots—for example, a bin for wine bottles sits by the doorway to the dining room. By contrast, there are no trash cans in sight.”


Here Are Locals’ Favorite Places to Eat Around DC

“Stacks of extra-fluffy buttermilk pancakes practically demand that you factor in nap time.”

The Food Network 

50 States, 50 Breakfasts

“Talk about politically correct: This D.C. hot spot, just blocks from the White House, serves a breakfast that’s as eco-friendly as it is delicious. The chef coats free-range chicken in whole-wheat flour before frying it, then he pairs it with organic eggs, a waffle, and a creamy pepper gravy made from whole-wheat flour and antibiotic-free cream and butter.”

Bethesda Magazine

45 Great Places to Grab a Drink in Bethesda

“There’s a singular taste to many cocktails here, because they feature rye, gin and pisco distilled especially for the restaurant. Beverage director Jon Arroyo and his team use the spirits to handcraft both classic and more unique drinks”

Huffington Post

10 Most Sustainable Restaurants in America

“From using recycled paper-composite countertops to using recycled paper menus with soy-based inks, Founding Farmers gets an A+ for all that they do to help Mother Earth.”

D.C. Modern Luxe

The 50 Finest

All eyes on Founding Farmers Tysons and the Diplomat Crepe Cake! “Stunning 17-layer cake is worthy of an Instagram before you take your first bite. Between each crepe is a generous slather of fluffy vanilla pastry cream. The towering wedge can be served plain or topped with strawberry-blueberry compote or hot fudge.”


Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

Founding Farmers D.C. recognized as one of the best places to eat with the kids.

Spoon University

The Best Waffles in Every State in America

“The waffles at Founding Farmers are made from scratch everyday, and can be topped with either fresh strawberries and cream, maple cinnamon sugar, bananas foster, or fried chicken.”

Washington Business Journal

Founding Farmers to open first location outside of D.C. area

“The group will open a Founding Farmers restaurant in the new King of Prussia Town Center, a 260,000-square-foot development from The JBG Cos. being built about 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia and within walking distance of the massive King of Prussia mall.”

Arlington Magazine

Innovative Arlington Area Restaurants

“Venturing deeper into the space, one finds a barn-style bar with exposed rafters, a “sun tea room,” a carpeted main dining room (designed to feel like a living room) and “bedroom booths” that mimic the shape of four-poster beds with flowing drapery.”

Travel & Leisure

Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Every State

“Profits go directly back to the producers, from the flourmill to the fruit orchard, making a meal here as much about feeding your soul as satisfying your appetite.”


Best Brunches Worth Leaving DC For

“Somehow, Founding Farmers manages to keep the farm-to-table concept alive and kicking, even when that idea may feel passe to some. It’s expanded both north and south these days, but is staying true to its origin, serving delicious food using ingredients that come straight from the farm.”


OpenTable’s 100 Best Brunches in America

Forbes recognizes all Founding Farmers restaurants for being named among the top 100 in OpenTable’s Best Brunch spots in America.

FSR Magazine

Getting to the Source of Local Supply

“Mary Carter, the managing partner of the Founding Farmers flagship Washington, D.C. location agrees that finding a capable partner is key. She says the four-unit group, which also has locations in Maryland and Virginia, and is owned by the more than 40,000 members of the North Dakota Farmers Union, pays as much attention to how its product is grown and harvested as it does the zip code it came from”

USA Today

Where to Eat over Easter Weekend

“At Washington, D.C. favorite Founding Farmers, start with a board of Devil-ish Eggs.”

The Washington Post

DC’s Hottest Destinations According to Uber

Founding Farmers is recognized as a top dining destination in Downtown DC.

Washington City Paper

Chair Necessities: A lot of Thought Went Into your Restaurant Seat

“At the new Founding Farmers in Tysons Corner, all of the furniture is custom-made. To complete the “modern farmhouse” look, Loewen worked with fabricators to build furniture that looked residential, but could endure thousands of diners a week.”


Delicious Holiday Cocktails to Get You in the Spirit of the Season

“Health and wellness are a priority at Founding Farmers, so it’s no surprise that the winter beverage menu (offered through the end of February) spotlights fresh-pressed juices. Beverage Director John Arroyo’s Winter Pie features cold-pressed apple juice, vodka, lemon, and cinnamon syrup, garnished with fruit.”

The Washington Post

Why more and more people are making plans to dine out alone

“Founding Farmers also placed in the site’s nationwide list of the top 25 restaurants for solo diners in 2015, based on the number of one-person reservations, user ratings and recommendations from the site’s restaurant experts.”

Washington City Paper

2012 Reader’s Choice Winner: Best American Restaurant

Washington City Paper

2012 Reader’s Choice Winner:Best Cocktail Selection

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

2011 RAMMY Winner: Best Bar/Mixology Program

Washington City Paper

2011 Reader’s Choice Winner: Best American Restaurant

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

2010 RAMMY Finalist: Best Bar/Mixology Program

Washington City Paper

2010 Reader’s Choice Winner: Best American Restaurant

Food Network Magazine

Best Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Department of Energy & Environment

2010 Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Outstanding Achievement by a Restaurant


2009 Washingtonian’s 100 Best Restaurants

Washington City Paper

2009 Reader’s Choice Winner: Best New Restaurant

Travel + Leisure

2009 Best New Restaurant in Washington, D.C.

Washington Post Express

2009 Express Night Out Winner: Best New Restaurant & Best Cocktails

Washington Post Express

2009 Express Night Out Winner: Best New Restaurant & Best Cocktails


OpenTable Diner’s Choice Winner: Most Booked Restaurant in the District of Columbia and Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Area.

U.S. Green Building Council 

LEED Gold Certified Commercial Interior Space

U.S. Green Building Council 

LEED Gold Certified Commercial Interior Space

Through the Eyes of the Founding Farmer.