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Washington’s Most Historic Restaurants with John DeFerrari

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Join the DC Preservation League on Thursday, June 17th at 7:00pm EDT for a virtual tour of historic restaurants throughout the District with DCPL trustee John DeFerrari!

Thousands of restaurants have operated in the District of Columbia since the first ones appeared along Pennsylvania Avenue in the early 19th century. Most have been forgotten, but a few have achieved historic status because of the exceptional cultural impact they have had on our local community. Some of these have been designated historic landmarks.

DeFerrari will discuss some of the most prominent of the city’s historic restaurants, from crowd pleasers like Ben’s Chili Bowl and the Old Ebbitt Grill to neighborhood favorites such as the Monocle on Capitol Hill (above) and Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown.



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John DeFerrari was born and raised in Washington, DC 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 a trustee of the DC 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).

His most recent work, Sixteenth Street NW: Washington, DC’s Avenue of Ambitions, co-authored with fellow DCPL trustee D. Peter Sefton, will be published by Georgetown University Press in February 2022.


June 17
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm