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Clyde's Co-Founder John Laytham Has Died

January 8, 2019

Chief Executive Officer of Clyde’s Restaurant Group (CRG), John G. Laytham died January 3, 2019 at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife, Ginger whom he met at Clyde’s in 1976. John had two children with his first wife. His daughter, Hilary Laytham Vice passed away last year. His son Gibb lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife and young son.

 

“John was a giant of a man and a lion in the industry. His fingerprints will forever be visible throughout the restaurant scene, and on the countless lives he’s impacted,” says Tom Meyer, President of CRG. “I count myself among the many lucky enough to call him a boss, a friend, mentor, and father-figure.”

 

The Clyde’s tradition began in the fall of 1963 when a young foreign service student at Georgetown University was hired as a dishwasher three months after its founder, Stuart C. Davidson opened the saloon in Georgetown. When all the traditional bartending shifts were filled, John Laytham introduced Georgetown to Sunday brunch, and within five years became Davidson’s partner and co-owner.

John Laytham (Photo by: clydes.com) John Laytham

 

Clyde’s was the first bar/restaurant in Georgetown to open on a Sunday, the first restaurant in Georgetown to serve brunch, and the first restaurant in Georgetown to hire women as waiters. The 1976 hit song “Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band was inspired by the spicy happy hour menu at Clyde's of Georgetown.

 

The company’s meticulous and deliberate expansion has been largely credited to Laytham’s business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit. Since its 1970 purchase of Old Ebbitt Grill, the city’s oldest restaurant, CRG has expanded into a nationally recognized local restaurant company consisting of thirteen locations in D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland. None of the restaurants are alike, but all share a commitment to excellent food and service. 

 

Recipient of many business, industry and lifetime achievement awards, including the 2010 Washington Business Hall of Fame Laureate award from Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area, John believed business is obliged to give back to the community that supports it, preferably by investing in the future: “Business is uniquely qualified to supply support systems for the next generation, for those young people who stand at the gap between ambition and achievement.” 


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Now Playing: 'House Calls with Dr. Brown'

December 26, 2018

I first met Dr. Ernest Brown through one of his long-time patients several years ago, and was so impressed that I introduced him to you here

 

(Photo by: Ernest Brown)

Affiliated with Sibley Memorial Hospital, Dr. Brown has been in family practice for 12 years serving patients in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

 

With no fixed office, he comes directly to you. As he often says, "I help patients from the moment they call until they're better." 

 

Now, Dr. Brown take you on his journey to help you navigate the complex healthcare system for his patients, their families and their community with the premiere of Earnest Medicine: House Calls With Dr. Brown.

 

Stay tuned as Dr. Brown continues to bring more stories and experiences from the field through Earnest Medicine.


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Wawa Opens in Georgetown

December 19, 2018

The popular East Coast chain of convenience stores and gas stations, Wawa is opening its second DC store at 1222 Wisconsin Avenue on December 20, 2018.

 

With a nod to its new location, Wawa is offering a limited edition Bulldog Double Shot Latte named after Georgetown University’s mascot. 

(Photo by: wikipedia.org)

 

In 1890, businessman George Wood started the Wawa Dairy Farm in Pennsylvania with imported British cows from the island of Guernsey. The company turned to convenience stores in the1960s when consumers stopped getting milk delivered at home. 

 

Named for its first milk plant and corporate headquarters in Pennsylvania, Wawa is the Ojibwe word for the Canada goose, the corporate logo.

The 7,000-square-foot Georgetown store will be open 24/7.


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