VSAG Client News: Farmers Restaurant Group to Open Farmers & Distillers in 2016

farmers_restaurant_logoOur longtime client, Farmers Restaurant Group(FRG), owned in part by North Dakota Farmers Union, announced this week the opening of a new concept, Farmers & Distillers.

Farmers & Distillers, a sister concept to the Founding Farmers brand of restaurants, will continue to serve farm fresh, delicious food & drink for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch that Founding Farmers guests love. But this innovative concept will also feature a highly anticipated on-site distillery inspired by America’s original entrepreneur and distiller, George Washington.

FRG’s Beverage Director Jon Arroyo and his team are working closely with Master Distiller Rick Wasmund of Copper Fox Distillery in Virginia to develop and construct a specially created distillery room and equipment, and a unique distilling process exclusively for Farmers & Distillers. All created to ensure that the consistency and commitment to excellence their beverage programs are known for translate to their exciting new endeavor and the FF line of proprietary spirits called, From Farm to Still®.

FRG worked closely with longtime corporate real estate advisors, Edge Commercial, in order to secure the lease with building co-building owners, Gould Property Company and Oxford Properties Group (Gould-Oxford).

The building, located at 600 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., is the 400,000 square foot Trophy Building currently under construction in the East End. The neighborhood, dubbed Mount Vernon Triangle, has everything they were looking for, as it’s rich in local history and culture.

Famers & Distillers will occupy 12,000 square feet of the building space, seating approximately 300 guests, with 30 seats dedicated to the bar. The environmentally friendly restaurant will be designed by Grizform Design Architects in collaboration with our design team, and is slated to include several microclimates, each with its own slightly different personality and whimsical touch-points.

We are excited to help bring Farmers & Distillers to life for our clients. For further information, please see the Farmers & Distillers announcement coverage in the Washington Business Journal here.