RAMMY Ruby Anniversary: New, Favorite and Milestone Restaurants

Restaurant industry professionals and their fans gathered last night at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 40th Annual RAMMY Awards as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington announced winners and a range of special distinctions in a number of categories celebrating excellence in long-standing and pandemic-era categories that ranged from individual professional honors to accolades celebrating culinary concepts and service.

The awards program began with a video of chefs Scott Drewno and Danny Lee getting ready to go to the awards event and then walked on stage at event — and finally at the end of ceremony, won for Restaurateur of the Year with The Fried Rice Collective.

The night also saluted Georgetown’s 1789 Restaurant and The Tombs for 60 years in business — and among others, the Tabard Inn near Dupont Circle for 100 years.

For 2022, the RAMMYS returned with a program of familiar categories honoring RAMW members, representing a year during which the industry rebuilt, recovered, and grew with new establishments. A selection of categories also spoke to pandemic-era aspects that both restaurants and diners have continued to enjoy and employ — all of which were decided via public vote earlier this year. Another carryover from last year, publicly voted categories were open to any foodservice operation in the region.

The winners of the 2022 RAMMY Awards are (asterisk after name denotes publicly voted category):

Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Christian Irabien, Muchas Gracias

Pastry Chef of the Year: Francois Yann Buisine, Un je ne sais Quoi

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: Congressional Seafood

Employee of the Year: Herman Machado, The Salt Line – Navy Yard

Manager of the Year: Robert Heim, Shaw’s Tavern

Service Program of the Year: Tail Up Goat

Splendid Holidays at Home*: Unconventional Diner

Hottest Sandwich Spot*: Mangialardo’s

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year*: Casta’s Rum Bar

Favorite Fast Bites*: Little Miner Taco

Outstanding Pop-Up Concept*: Bun Papa

Standout Family Meal Packages To Go*: 2 Fifty Texas BBQ

Best Brunch of the Year*: A&J Restaurant

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Albi

Casual Restaurant of the Year: Ruthie’s All-Day

Wine Program of the Year: Queen’s English

Cocktail Program of the Year: Serenata

Beer Program of the Year: Quarry House Tavern

Chef of the Year: Rob Rubba, Oyster Oyster

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Cranes

New Restaurant of the Year: Daru

Restaurateur of the Year: Scott Drewno and Danny Lee, The Fried Rice Collective

The 2022 Honorary Milestone RAMMY Award recipients were also honored, celebrating a significant number of years serving locals and visitors in Metropolitan Washington: 1789 and The Tombs (60 years), Anthony’s Restaurant (50 years), Bombay Bistro (30 years), Duangrat’s (35 years), El Tamarindo (40 years), Franklins (30 years), La Côte d’Or Café (30 years), Mike’s American (35 years), and Tabard Inn (100 years).

The Popal family (Lutèce, Lapis and Berliner): Zubair, Shamim, Fatima and Omar. Shamim Popal was nominated for chef of the year. Photo by Bill Starrels.


Mayor Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans and Shawn Yancey. Photo by Bill Starrels.

Scott Drewno and Danny Lee won for Restaurateur of the Year – The Fried Rice Collective – at the 40th Annual RAMMY Awards. Photo by Bill Starrels.


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