PRG and its corporate chef, Demetrio Zavala, have not yet selected a chef de cuisine to execute the "friendly, farm-to-table cuisine" at the 50-seat Declaration. In design and in dishes, the restaurant will reference the spring and summer of 1776 when America's founding fathers drafted and signed the famous document; expect pizzas named after some of the 56 signers. The John Hancock will have to be the signature pie, right? (Start pounding out your pun-hating comments in 3. . .2. . .1. . .)
But PRG Hospitality hints that it's not done yet with presidential-themed eateries. The company's initials, after all, stand for Presidential Restaurant Group. PRG may even open Oval Office-oriented operations (say that five times fast) in other cities.
"American history is so fascinating to me that I can see at least two or three more historically themed restaurants, including Jack and Jackie and other Americana-style restaurants," Popovsky said in an e-mail. "I would certainly consider opening in the region which would include Baltimore or Philadelphia. It's really about where we believe the interest lies. D.C., Philly and Baltimore are rich with early American history and continue be target locations for a Lincoln or even a Declaration."
Declaration, 2030 Eighth St. NW, is scheduled to open in the fall.