Farmers & Distillers, as you might guess, will place an emphasis on spirits as embodied by an on-site distillery at the Mount Vernon Triangle location. Rick Wasmund of Virginia's Copper Fox Distillery has been working with Farmers Restaurant Group beverage director Jon Arroyo on the project.
Farmers has already collaborated with Copper Fox on releasing its own rye whiskey and gin. At the moment, no decision has been made about what spirit Farmers & Distillers will make, pending further discussions about the menu and production schedule.
Both the drinks and food are intended to reflect "the spirit of George Washington," according to a press release from the restaurant group.
Farmers & Distillers will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. It will seat 300 diners, including 30 at the bar, in 12,000 square feet. The restaurant will be located in a 400,000-square foot building owned by Gould Property Co. and Oxford Properties Group.
GrizForm Design Architects will work with food and beverage consulting firm Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group, or VSAG, on the design. (The principals of VSAG, Michael Vucurevich and Dan Simons, own Farmers Restaurant Group along with the North Dakota Farmers Union.) GrizForm previously worked on Farmers Fishers Bakers and the Tysons Corner location of Founding Farmers, which opened earlier this year.
Farmers & Distillers, 600 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Opening fall 2016. www.farmersrestaurantgroup.com.