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Jack Evans Raises Campaign Funds in Nantucket

August 19, 2013

At a gathering in Nantucket, in a crowd filled with Washingtonians, including former mayor Anthony Williams and restaurateur Bo Blair, Jack Evans raised about $40,000 for his mayorial campaign, according to the Washington Post. Read more here.

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Celebrate Clyde's Turning 50 on August 12th

August 8, 2013

"Nobody gets in a cab from the airport and says take me to the oldest restaurant in town. You have to be good. I am grateful for all the wonderful people that I have worked with and had the chance to serve as customers and I hope that they have gotten as much joy out of Clyde's as I have. Going forward, with a healthy respect for our 50 year heritage but trying to approach every day with a fresh and new attitude."

Clyde's Restaurant Group President Tom Meyer

Clyde's Restaurant Group CEO, John Laytham and Stuart Davidson, Clyde's Founder (Photo by: Clyde's Restaurant Group CEO, John Laytham and Stuart Davidson, Clyde's Founder

The DC Council is officially proclaiming August 12th “Clyde’s of Georgetown Day” to celebrate the landmark restaurant’s 50th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, this DC mainstay will offer specials throughout the entire day. Starting at 8:00 am on August 12th, Clyde’s of Georgetown will kick off the festivities by serving a special breakfast, free of charge.

Patrons are invited to drop in and enjoy popular egg dishes, juice and coffee in the Omelette Room until 10:00 am. Mayor Vincent Gray will stop by to join the celebration. Following the breakfast, Clyde’s will keep the day fun-filled by bringing back special menu items served at Clyde’s that were popular in the 1960s & 1970s. With dishes such as the London Broil, Filet Bearnaise, and Beer Battered Shrimp, as well as drinks including the Brandy Alexander, Sidecar, and Kir Royale, guests will be transported to the era when the restaurant first opened. Menu items are priced from $5 to $25.

John Laytham at Clyde's of Georgetown (Photo by: John Laytham at Clyde's of Georgetown

The brand new book, How We Do Business: Clyde’s Primer for Beating the Odds in the Restaurant Business by J. Garrett Glover will also be available for sale at the restaurant during the anniversary festivities.

2013 marks Clyde’s Golden Anniversary, 50 years beating the odds in the tough, fickle business of running profitable restaurants. The most significant feat in the company’s 50 years is that the operators have never closed or handed over a restaurant. All 14 locations are still open and the company is profitable, a staggering feat considering that one in four restaurants close or change ownership within the first year of business.

Congratulations, Clyde's!

Clyde’s of Georgetown is located at 3236 M Street. Tel: 202.333-9180



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Washington Fine Properties Completes Sale of the Ambassador Bruce House

July 14, 2013

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Washington Fine Properties (WFP) has announced the sale of what was once the Ambassador Bruce House, an architectural masterpiece in the heart of Georgetown. The grand and historic home was listed for $8.995 million.

The circa 1815 brick Federal was originally constructed by Clement and Walter Smith, who were most known for the creation of Smith Row. Ambassador David K. E. Bruce and his wife, Evangeline Bell, occupied the home before and after he served as envoy to France, Germany, Great Britain and NATO. Evangeline became a legendary hostess in Georgetown and was considered to be one of the best dressed women in the world. Their grand entertaining made the house a highpoint on Washington’s social scene.

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The late Curtin Winsor lived in the house with his wife, Deborah, and three children until his death in December of 2012. Curtin was the Founder of the Bank of Georgetown and served on the board of several business and philanthropic organizations. The Winsors tastefully transformed the 11,000 square foot home to accommodate a modern lifestyle while protecting its authentically antique character.

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The grand 34-foot ballroom, added by Ambassador and Mrs. David Bruce during their lengthy ownership for grand entertaining, is now a drawing room. The space boasts 12-foot ceilings, three large Jefferson windows that open fully to the garden, and a large fireplace. The property also features a guest house, a greenhouse and an original detached smokehouse.

The spectacular grounds were designed by landscape architect Rose Greely (1887-1969) and include mature specimen plantings, vintage boxwoods, a heated pool and an expansive terrace. The two-level garden is one of the largest and most important gardens in Georgetown.

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The elegant and historic home has been featured in the pages of several publications including Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Washington Life Magazine and the Washington Post. In 2010, it was the host to the Georgetown House Tour Patron’s Party.

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Washington Fine Properties represented both sides of the transaction. Eileen McGrath and Jamie Peva represented the seller, while Joanne Pinover represented the purchaser.

“In 20 years of focusing on upper bracket Georgetown homes, this has always been my favorite,” said listing agent Jamie Peva.

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