Jose Andres’ America Eats to replace Georgetown’s Old Glory

WASHINGTON — Just days after longtime Georgetown restaurant Old Glory BBQ closed its doors, celebrity chef Jose Andres’ Think Food Group has announced it will take over the space and bring Andres’ America Eats Tavern back to the District.

And Andres plans to add barbecue to the menu.

Old Glory served its barbecue at 3139 M Street Northwest, at M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, in its two-story restaurant with roof deck for 26 years. Its owners, Capital Restaurant Concepts, who also run Georgetown restaurants J. Paul and Paulo Ristorante, gave no reason for its closing.

America Eats will open in the space this summer, though no firm date was announced.

America Eats Tavern says it will spotlight local and regional flavors and, in addition to the American classics on the menu, Andres will introduce barbecue to the restaurant’s menu “to add to the culinary experience, as well as a more casual ambiance.”

An announcement also says the restaurant will highlight local meats, seafood, wines, cheeses, beers and other products from the mid-Atlantic region.

“We’re excited to bring America Eats Tavern back to the District, where it all began, especially to historic Georgetown, where we’ve been wanting to open for a long time,” Andres said. “We know what makes America great is in no small part its rich and diverse culinary heritage, and that is just what we invite everyone to come in and enjoy.”

America Eats Tavern was originally a pop-up in the former Cafe Atlantico in 2011, as part of a collaboration with the Foundation for the National Archives. The concept later reopened as America Eats Tavern by Jose Andres at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.

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Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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