October 3, 2017 Drink, Sustainability

Straw Switcheroos & Strategies for More Sustainable Sipping

At Farmers Restaurant Group, we are excited to announce we have taken another step to do more good and less harm for the earth and so many of its beautiful creatures.

From now on, we’re implementing an entirely new straw program for our beverages. When you order a drink in one of our restaurants, we will be serving up two earth-friendly options. Some of our drinks will come without straws because, frankly, we realized they don’t need them. And some of our drinks will come with our new paper straws.

We have made the switch to Aardvark paper straws, which are both eco-friendly and biodegradable. Made in the U.S., Aardvark straws are BPA free, FDA approved, and decompose in just 45-60 days. That’s a whole lot of good news for the earth and everyone on it.

“Even though straws are small, they are causing massive pollution problems,” says Co-Owner Dan Simons. “In the U.S. alone, we use over 500 million plastic straws EVERY DAY. That’s a lot of trash, much of which ends up littering our waterways, oceans, and shorelines. If the straw pollution problem is news to you, do a quick online search to find work around the globe encouraging changes to our straw sipping habits. And if you haven’t seen the video of the poor sea turtle with the cocktail straw stuck in his nose, Google that too. It’s heartbreaking. In our restaurants, we are making this switch so we don’t participate in all of the hazards associated with using plastic straws, and to bring more awareness to the global straw use problem.”

Preventing straw pollution has been part of our earth-friendly practices for a long time. Prior to this week’s change, we were using compostable straws. While a much better choice than standard plastic straws, if they get thrown away as trash they act like plastic. They don’t break down like they do in the compost facility. With paper straws, they decompose wherever they end up.

Our new program has one caveat: we’re still looking for a solution for the long straws we serve with our shared drinks. These plastic straws will continue to get recycled until we can find an alternative.

Everyday, across all of our restaurants, we’re committed to reducing our use of plastics. This is why we have always served filtered water, instead of selling plastic water bottles, and why we are now serving paper straws, or no straws at all, when we think they aren’t needed. Of course, we will make our paper straws available for all of our drinks if our guests want or need them.

So, come on down for one of our tasty beverages and join us in our straw switcheroo and strategy. Let’s all work together – one straw at a time – to make the earth a little bit cleaner and safer for everyone on it.

March 15, 2021
Drink, Food

St. Paddy’s Day Sips & Sweets

This year, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with specials in our restaurants and at home. Enjoy all-day Happy Hour in our DMV restaurants, order our Buy One Get One 1/2 Off Irish Mule special with restaurant to go orders, and treat your sweet tooth with special donuts for the day of green.

February 21, 2021
Drink, Events

Psssst….. Don’t Miss National Margarita Day

In case you didn’t know, National Margarita Day is Monday, February 22, 2021. Give yourself a fun Monday treat and celebrate! Whether you want to enjoy Margarita Day at home or enjoy this delightful and likely needed February holiday around one of our tables, we have got very special Margaritas, All-Day Happy Hour, and more!

February 15, 2021
Drink, Events

Celebrate Mardi Gras with Us

In Our Restaurants & at Home… This Fat Tuesday, we have two ways for you to “laissez les bon temps rouler!”  (let the good times roll!) whether you want to stay home to celebrate or join us in one of our restaurants.

Join us for a meal

Reserve a Table

Our dining rooms and 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.