Category: VSAG Client News

VSAG Client News: Founding Farmers Tysons to Open February 2015

Anyone who has worked with us knows that we consider our clients family. And we’re happy to welcome a new sister into the fold… Introducing Founding Farmers Tysons (FFT). Set to open in Tysons, VA this February, FFT is the 12,000 square foot sister restaurant in the growing Founding Farmers brand, which also includes MoCo’s Founding Farmers + Farmers Fishers Bakers. As the concept creation, development and consulting firm for client Farmers Restaurant Group since the first Founding Farmers farm to table concept opened its doors in Washington, D.C. in 2008, we’ve had a front seat on the road to… read more

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VSAG Client Mama Rouge Southeast Asian Bistro Opens in Washington, D.C.

We are thrilled to announce the opening of Mama Rouge, a new Southeastern Asian Bistro concept at the beautiful Washington Harbour on Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown Waterfront. Mama Rouge is the third restaurant from our esteemed clients, Chef/Owner Aulie Bunyarataphan and her husband and partner, Mel Oursinsiri. The pair also owns and operates two additional regional restaurants, T.H.A.I in Shirlington, VA and Tom Yum District in Rosslyn, VA. When Aulie & Mel approached us to create this new 116 seat full service concept, which also includes a gorgeous 30 seat patio overlooking the Potomac River, we dove head first to develop the… read more

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VSAG Celebrates the Opening of New EVEN™ Hotel in Rockville, MD

Another successful grand opening was held tonight for the InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) innovative, EVEN Hotels, with the Washington D.C. area debut of this new brand in Rockville, MD. The second property (the first is located in Norwalk, CT) in the growing EVEN Hotels network, EVEN Hotel Rockville offers guests a signature, health and wellness-centered brand experience. From large, outdoor spaces created to bring nature closer to the guest and flexible, inviting work spaces to the state of the art fitness options and healthy food & beverage offerings, EVEN Hotel Rockville has all that today’s wellness-minded, busy traveler could want to… read more

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VSAG Client News: New Partnership with Unity Plaza, Jacksonville FL Announced

Modeled after NYC’s Central Park and Bryant Park recreational destinations, Unity Plaza is Jacksonville’s innovative take on community development. Scheduled to open in summer 2014 Unity Plaza has been designed as a daily destination for friends and families to gather and enjoy performing and visual arts, educational events, interactive water features, beautifully inviting landscaping/open areas, and creative retail and restaurant concepts.  That’s where VSAG comes into the picture. “I am thrilled that the VSAG team has the opportunity to collaborate with the visionaries at Unity Plaza and NAI Hallmark Partners. It is so much more than a “project;” its clearly… read more

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Five Years for Founding Farmers!

VSAG would like to congratulate client North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU), and the entire team at Farmers Restaurant Group, as today marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of Founding Farmers’ flagship location in the heart of Washington, D.C. The original outpost for The Farm restaurants has been followed by sister restaurants: MoCo’s Founding Farmers, in Potomac, MD, and Farmers Fishers Bakers in The Washington Harbour on the Georgetown Waterfront, and the forthcoming Founding Farmers Tysons, to open in Tysons Corner, VA next summer. After five successful years, numerous accolades and awards for outstanding food and drink, concept, and design,… read more

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Farmers Fishers Bakers Opens!

We are pleased to announce that VSAG restaurant consulting clients Farmers Restaurant Group and the North Dakota Farmers Union opened a new restaurant, Farmers Fishers Bakers last Friday, November 9th at The Washington Harbour on the Georgetown Waterfront…Just 10 blocks from its DC sister restaurant, Founding Farmers. We at VSAG are very excited to bring both the FRG and NDFU’s vision to life with the opening of this incredible new restaurant. With its contemporary farmhouse and nautical-inspired design, the approx 290-seat Farmers Fishers Bakers incorporates recycled and reclaimed materials, unique artwork and cool micro-climates (such as: a main dining room,… read more

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Founding Farmers’ Remarkable Review!

Kudos to VSAG restaurant consulting client Founding Farmers DC on being a part of über popular online restaurant review site OpenTable’s celebration of their 15th millionth review. In conjunction with celebrating their 15th millionth review, FFDC was named OpenTable’s ’Most Remarkable’ (i.e. most reviewed) restaurant in the top US metro areas over the most recent reporting period. And, the FFDC reign as OpenTable’s ‘Most Booked Restaurant’ in the US continues – now 24 months running. The folks at Founding Farmers are proud to have contributed to OpenTable’s 15 million reviews since opening in 2008 and hope that sister restaurants Moco’s… read more

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Happy 1st Birthday Roll On Sushi Diner

We are happy to share an update from a former VSAG client, Roll On Sushi Diner in Austin, TX. The inventive restaurant concept celebrated its first anniversary this August and has earned scores of positive media coverage in the meantime, including features in Travel + Leisure, Eater National, and the Austin Statesman. Roll On combines quality sushi traditions with Austin’s counter culture sensibility, putting out sushi bar staples like edamame and California rolls alongside “Austin Inspired Rolls,” with ingredients like goat cheese, mashed potatoes, beef brisket, and caramelized onions. With fixed prices determined by the color of a dish’s plate… read more

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GM Interview: Terrapin’s Brian Williams

Brian Williams, General Manager and Sommelier of Terrapin Restaurant in Virginia Beach, keeps his establishment running in tip-top shape and makes sure his guests leave happy.  VSAG was lucky enough to snag a few minutes of his time between the hustle and bustle of managing a successful restaurant to get some insight into Brian: 1. What first interested you in the restaurant industry? Being in and around good food and learning about wine — it was everything I wanted my life to be. 2. How did you evolve to be where you are today? I started as a busboy in… read more

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3-Minute Interviewee Dan Simons on Founding Farmers

VSAG Founder Dan Simons was featured in the Washington Examiner’s 3-Minute Interview Column.  This recurring column provides a sneak peek into the professional lives of DC-area locals. Dan was asked about his work with VSAG client Founding Farmers: the impetus behind the development of the popular restaurant, the ongoing commitment to being green and what it feels like to be a part of the team that keeps the Greenest Restaurant in Washington, DC serving up delicious fare every day.

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