There's now an official opening target for the big distillery opening from the restaurant group behind Founding Farmers. Here's some need-to-know information about Farmers & Distillers, headed to 600 Massachusetts Ave. NW in Mount Vernon Triangle:
*November is when the project expects to open.
*The theme of the distillery celebrates George Washington, one of the country's early distillers. The restaurant is looking to honor the first president with a menu that emphasizes the country's global influences, whether it be European cooking techniques or influences from nearby Chinatown. That means menu dishes like hand-pulled noodles, dumplings, and Pot au Feu.
*Four words: doughnut ice cream sandwiches. Those are among those desserts executive pastry chef Amanda King has planned for the restaurant, as well as corncake with blueberries, chocolate chess pie, and more.
*The space is a whopping 12,000 square feet in size (GrizForm will design the project). They're planning a "barn room," a "pleasure garden" with botanical instillations, and a private dining room called The General's Parlor.
*The distillery will be on-site, called Founding Spirits, and they're collaborating with Rick Wasmund of Virginia-based Copper Fox Distillery on the endeavor. Expect cocktails to incorporate the company's own spirits (they already have their own rye whiskey and gin), with beer taps only serving local beers.