Seymour Rich, Washington restaurateur, dies at 93

Seymour Rich, 93, a Washington restaurateur who owned and operated Rich’s Restaurant and the Golden Table, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 4 at Col­lings­wood nursing home in Rockville.

The death was confirmed by his daughter, Jacqueline Hausler.

Mr. Rich was in the Washington restaurant business for more than 50 years, beginning in 1938 when he opened Seymour’s at 9th and H streets Northwest.

For 26 years, until the mid-1970s, he operated Rich’s, at 19th and E streets Northwest, across the street from the Interior Department. This was a Kosher-style restaurant, specializing in items such as corned beef sandwiches and blintzes.

In 1970, with his wife, Florence, and their son, Ronald, Mr. Rich opened the Golden Table, which was near the State Department and the Kennedy Center. They ran this business for 16 years before selling it.

Later Mr. Rich owned and operated smaller carryout and sandwich shops, such as Rich’s: More than a Deli, in Rockville and elsewhere in the Maryland suburbs.

For five years, until retiring fully two years ago, Mr. Rich was an accounts manager for a conglomerate of about 30 dentists.

Seymour Rich was born in Philadelphia. He moved to the Washington area at 19. He moved to Collingswood from Chevy Chase two years ago.

He was a Mason and had participated in the voluntary food service USO program at Washington Hebrew Congregation.

His wife of 64 years, Florence Davis Rich, died in 2003. Survivors include two children, Ronald J. Rich of North Potomac and Jacqueline R. Hausler of Frederick; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes