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NDFU Opens Another Washington, D.C., Restaurant

NDFU Opens Another Washington, D.C., Restaurant

Potomac Founding Farmers will be the third for NDFU and its partner. The menu features made from scratch classic dishes from heartland.

North Dakota Farmers Union restaurant is opening its third restaurant in the Washington, D.C., area this week.

The restaurant – called Potomac Founding Farmers – is located in Potomac, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. It will feature an expansive dining room, mezzanine and bar, and have a similar look and feel of the original restaurant – along with the commitment to American inspired food and drink – but with some added twists to make it unique, according to NDFU.

The Potomac Founding Father restaurant logo.

The menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, centered on homemade "scratch" cooking with a blend of old and new recipes – everything from classic American dishes such as chicken potpie, Yankee pot roast, and farmers meatloaf, farmers salad, plank salmon, chocolate peanut butter pie.

A specially designed "afternoon social" menu, complete with tea sandwiches, scones, custom organic tea, champagne punch and sweet treats, will be offered to guests looking for a unique mid-afternoon respite. In the spring an 80-seat outdoor patio will open.

The new restaurant will continue its commitment to using family farm-based ingredients and support producers from North Dakota, Maryland, Virginia and beyond, says Robert Carlson, NDFU president.

The company includes this description on its website: "A collective of American family farmers owns our restaurant. We source our fresh products from family farms, ranches, and fisheries from across the United States. We celebrate and share the long-standing connection between farmers — the first to lead the "green" movement — and their historic stewardship of natural resources. We believe that everyone benefits by knowing more about the sources of the food they eat; we work diligently to ensure our restaurant walks its talk on matters of sustainability. Take comfort knowing that when ingredients are available locally and it is sensible for us to buy them, we do so."

Potomac's Founding Farmers was built using reclaimed and recycled materials, including planks salvaged from shoe shipping crates at the bar, and authentic barn wood. Potomac's Founding Farmers has also been designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, with certification by the U.S. Green Building Council to be sought after the restaurant opens.

"We are very excited to launch another eco-friendly restaurant near our nation's capitol," Carlson says. "It really gives us great exposure."

NDFU and Agraria L.L.C. have opened two other restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area -- Founding Farmers on Pennsylvania Avenue and Farmers & Fishers (formerly called Agraria) in the Georgetown area. Farmers & Fishers was recently shut down because of substantial flooding and will re-open at a later time.

"With 8,000 square feet of upscale casual dining at its best, we expect this Potomac restaurant will attract the same success and accolades that have been bestowed our other locations," Carlson says. "People need to know where their food comes from and this is an excellent venture to bring that concept home."

If you are going to the Washington, D.C. area, book a reservation in advance online at

Source: ND Farmers Union

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