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D.C. Mondays: Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.

Artistic rendering of the Mayfair Cafe

 

The pandemic may have upended Washingtonians’ love affair with restaurant dining, but the rich history of restaurants in the nation’s capital is still something that we can savor. Local author and historian John DeFerrari will sketch the history of public eateries in D.C., beginning with the first “eating houses” on Pennsylvania Avenue and continuing through some of the most iconic establishments of the 20th century, including Harvey’s, the Old Ebbitt Grill, Hot Shoppes, Ben’s Chili Bowl, and more.

About John DeFerrari 

John DeFerrari was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and has a lifelong passion for local history. He has a master’s degree in English Literature from Harvard University and has worked for many years for the federal government. In addition to penning the popular Streets of Washington blog, DeFerrari is also a trustee of the D.C. Preservation League and the author of three books: Lost Washington, D.C. (2011), Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats (2013), and Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, D.C. (2015).

How to Participate

To participate, register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining the program on Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (12 p.m. EST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.  

About the D.C. Mondays Series

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