José Andrés and his ThinkFoodGroup will set up an America Eats Tavern this summer in Georgetown, replacing the just shuttered Old Glory Bar-B-Que at 3139 M St. NW., the Andrés-led company announced today.
While some lament the demise of Old Glory, which closed Sunday after 26 years, rumors swirling about Andrés meeting with Capital Restaurant Group — which owns J. Paul’s, Paolo’s, Georgia Brown’s and more — proved true.
“We’re excited to bring America Eats Tavern back to the District, where it all began, especially to historic Georgetown where we’ve been wanting to open for a long time,” said Andrés. “We know what makes America great is in no small part its rich and diverse culinary heritage and that is just what we invite everyone to come in and enjoy!”
“In addition to the American classics that guests know and love, Andrés will be introducing barbeque to the restaurant’s menu to add to the culinary experience, as well as a more casual ambiance,” according to ThinkFoodGroup. “Andrés and his culinary team have conducted extensive research to identify the best products available, highlighting local meats, seafood, wines, cheeses, beers and other products from the mid-Atlantic region.”
Added the company: “Originally launched in 2011 in collaboration with the Foundation for the National Archives, America Eats Tavern was first conceived as a pop-up in the former Café Atlantico space. From there, Andrés and his team brought the concept to the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, just outside Washington, D.C., in McLean, Virginia. In its newest incarnation, the restaurant will be a partnership with longtime Georgetown restaurateur Bechara Nammour of Capital Restaurant Group.”