Edward Stone Cohen, a former Washington Post reporter who since 1974 had operated the quaint Tabard Inn near Dupont Circle, died of multiple myeloma Nov. 3 at his home in Nahcotta, Wash. He was 61.
Mr. Cohen also owned and operated an inn in Nahcotta, the Moby Dick Hotel, on the Long Beach Peninsula in southwestern Washington State.
Though he lived in the District, he spent part of his time in Nahcotta, overseeing the hotel and an organic farm that he and his wife, Fritzi Davis Cohen, started in the late 1980s.
Those establishments and a potato chip factory in Middletown, Va., were part of his extensive business dealings. His chief enterprise was the Tabard Inn, three connected late-Victorian town houses in the quiet 1700 block of N Street NW. After saving the buildings from demolition in 1974, he refurnished and refurbished the hotel's marvelous maze of halls, passageways and staircases, and he opened a restaurant that has developed a distinguished reputation for its ambience and menu.
Shortly after renovating the inn, he established an organic farm in Middleburg and became a supplier of seasonal vegetables to some of the finest restaurants in the Washington area. Organic farming and some experimentation with Yukon Gold potatoes led Mr. Cohen to create the Tabard Farm brand potato chip. The Cohens purchased their first potato chip factory in Waldorf, but they moved the operation to a run-down Middletown feed mill, which they converted into a factory.
Mr. Cohen was born in Boston and raised in Washington, where he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, then studied law at the University of Chicago before returning to Washington in 1961 and joining the staff of The Washington Post.
During a three-year stint at the paper, he worked as assistant editor of the financial section and as a reporter on the national desk. From the mid-1960s to the mid-'70s, he was a Capitol Hill staff member, speechwriter and legislative aide. He also started a not-for-profit organization to help people find jobs in the day-care and health-care fields.
In recent years, he was active in efforts to protect oyster beds in Washington state. A few weeks ago, he completed the manuscript for a book on community activism and environmental politics.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three children, Sarah Davis Cohen of Middletown, Jeremiah Stone Cohen of Washington and Joshua Haskell Cohen of Santiago, Chile; a sister, Anne Winkelman of Bethesda; a brother, David William Cohen of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and two grandchildren.