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  1. All known restaurants which opened before 1980 and remained opened when this website was founded (Apr 15, 2005) are included. Restaurants opening within the same year are alphabetized - no effort has been made to increase the precision to opening month. If a restaurant is known to be closed, it will have an asterisk ("*") by the year. The arrow ("-->"), currently at 1957, represents how far I've gotten down the list in checking for closures. Please feel free to add new posts for potential new entries, and I"ll update the list as we go. Most recent addition: Mike's Italian, thanks to Monkeyrotica. Cheers, Rocks. 1856 - Old Ebbitt Grill (present location since 1983) 1860 - Old Angler's Inn (the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the Washington, DC area) 1904 - Royal Restaurant (present location since 1964) 1906 - Occidental Grill (closed 1972-1986) 1914 - Harriet's Family Restaurant (Hotel Harrington, renamed as "Harriet's" in 2006) 1922*- O'Donnell's Sea Grill (originally at 1207 E Street, present location since 2001, closed Jul 27, 2013) 1923 - Iron Gate Restaurant (closed 2010-2013) 1924 - The Dairy at Turner Hall (U of MD) 1925 - Wagshal's (present location since 1939) 1926 - A. Litteri (present location since 1932) 1927*- Mike's Italian (Mount Vernon, closed Jul 30, 2011) 1929*- Cozy Restaurant (Thurmont, closed Jun 8, 2014) 1930 - Mrs. K's Toll House (Mrs. K is Mrs. Kreuzburg) 1931 - Normandie Farm (Opened by Marjorie Hendricks, Sold to James Speros in 1958, Sold (buyer unknown), closed and renovated 1979-1982, Sold to Karl Longley in 1983, Sold to James Prokos in Jun, 1994) 1933 - Billy Martin's Tavern (Opened the day after prohibition was repealed) 1935 - Blue and White Carryout (Alexandria, exact date unknown) 1935 - The Raven Grill (Mount Pleasant, currently a bar only) 1935 - Steak n' Egg 1935 - Tastee Diner (Bethesda) 1937 - Murry and Paul's (Brookland) 1937 - Quarry House Tavern 1937 - Red Fox Inn 1939 - Seibel's (renamed from Seibel's Dairy Bar in 1971) 1941 - Crystal City Restaurant (renamed from The Arlington Luncheon in 1970) 1943 - Ernie's Crab House (Alexandria) 1943*- Famous Luigi's 1944 - Florida Avenue Grill 1944 - Shrimp Boat (Benning, present location since 1953) 1945 - Crisfield Seafood 1946 - Park-n-Dine (Hancock, MD) 1946*- Payne's (Centreville) 1946 - Tastee Diner (Silver Spring) 1946 - Whitlow's (closed 1989-1995, present location since 1995) 1947 - 29 Diner (out of business and closed for several months in 2014 before new owners reopened it) 1947 - JV (Falls Church) 1947 - Tune Inn 1947 - Woodside Deli 1948 - Annie's Paramount Steakhouse 1948 - Old Europe 1949*- AV Ristorante Italiano (AV is Augusto Vasaio) 1949*- Blackie's 1950 - Trio Bistro (renamed from Trio in 2018) 1950 - Yorkshire's (Manassas) 1952 - Hershey's Restaurant (Gaithersburg) 1952 - Rip's Country Inn (Bowie) 1953 - Mama Ayesha's 1953 - Mangialardo & Sons (opened as grocery store; began focusing on subs in late 1960s) 1954 - L'Auberge Chez Francois (present location since 1976) 1954 - Jerry's Subs and Pizza (Wheaton) 1954 - Weenie Beenie (Shirlington) 1954 - Woodmoor Pastry Shop (Four Corners) 1955 - Ledo Restaurant (present location since 2010) 1955*- Roy's Place (present location since 1971) 1955*- Yenching Palace 1956 - Al's Steakhouse 1957 - Mario's Pizza House (two employees, Joe Williams and "Lefty" Lindsay, have been here for over FIFTY years) -----> - I'm traversing this list, top-to-bottom, marking the closed restaurants with an asterisk. Anyone want to help? 1957 - The Brickskeller 1958 - Ben's Chili Bowl 1958 - Coach Stop (Middleburg) 1958 - Mike's Crab House (Annapolis) 1959 - Jiffy Shoppes (Morningside, MD location) 1959 - Loeb's Perfect New York Deli (present location since 2010) 1959 - Market Inn 1960 - Mama Ayesha's (renamed from Calvert Cafe in 1994) 1960 - The Monocle 1960 - Vienna Inn 1961 - Bethesda Crab House 1962 - 1789 1962 - Burger Delite (Alexandria) 1962 - F Scott's 1962 - German Gourmet (North Arlington) 1962 - McLean Pizza 1962 - The Tombs 1962*- Victor's Pizza Den (Springfield) 1963 - The Apple House (Linden) 1963 - Clyde's (Georgetown) 1963 - Parkway Deli (Silver Spring) 1964 - Chez Andrée 1964 - Three Pigs BBQ (McLean) 1964 - Tom Sarris' Orleans House 1965 - Bay 'n Surf (Laurel) 1965 - Chick and Ruth's Delly (Annapolis) 1965 - Taj Majal 1965 - The Virginian 1966 - Alpine 1966 - The Birchmere (Alexandria) 1966 - The Guards 1966 - Japan Inn (present location since 1971) 1967 - Chadwick's 1967 - Childe Harold 1967 - The Hitching Post 1967 - Pizza Bazzano (Springfield) 1968 - The Globe and Laurel (Quantico, moved to Triangle in 1975, moved to Stafford in 2008) 1968 - James McLaughlin's Food Cart (Howard University) 1968 - Roy Rogers (Falls Church) 1968 - Stoney's (present location since 2006) 1969 - McLean Family Restaurant 1969 - Bob & Edith's Diner 1969 - Henry's Delicatessen & Carryout (U St.) 1970 - Black Rooster Pub 1970 - Ristorante Portofino (Crystal City) 1971 - Moe's Peyton Place (Springfield) 1971 - Pines of Rome (Bethesda) 1971 - The Wharf 1972 - Anthony's (Falls Church) 1972 - B&J (LeDroit Park) 1972 - Golden Flame 1972 - The Palm (DC) 1972 - Mayaluna 1972*- O'Brien's Pit BBQ (Rockville) 1973 - Anita's (Vienna) 1973 - Old Town Grill (renamed from The Green Tree in 2011 (Leesburg)) 1973 - Marco Polo 1973 - Stained Glass Pub 1973 - Taverna Cretekou 1973 - Vietnam Georgetown 1973 - Virginia Kitchen (renamed from Waffle King (Herndon)) 1974 - Cafe La Ruche 1974 - Cantler's (Annapolis) 1974 - The Dubliner (Capitol Hill) 1974 - Far East (present location since 1980s) 1974 - JR's Stockyards Inn 1974 - La Bergerie 1974 - Shanghai Garden (Van Ness) 1974 - Wu's Garden 1975 - Armand's Chicago Pizzeria (Tenley Circle) 1975*- Bistro Francais (Georgetown) 1975 - Celebrity Delly (Falls Church(?)) 1975 - The Cracked Claw at Peter Pan (present location since 1989) 1975 - Duck Chang's 1975 - Essy's Carriage House 1975 - Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe (present location since 1988) 1975 - Ruffino's 1975 - The Tabard Inn (the oldest continuously operating hotel in DC, tea service offered since 1922) 1975 - Joe Theismann's (Alexandria) 1976 - Afterwords (at Kramerbooks) 1976 - Booeymonger (Georgetown) 1976 - Cafe Italia (S. Arlington) 1976 - La Chaumiere 1976 - Gadsby's Tavern 1976 - The Prime Rib (Baltimore location opened in 1965) 1976 - Silverado (renamed from Fantastic Fritzbe's Flying Food Factory) 1976 - Sushi-Ko 1976 - Table Talk 1976 - Vace (Cleveland Park) 1977 - 3 Brothers (Greenbelt) 1977 - Amphora (Vienna) 1977 - La Casa (Alexandria - Owned by the Monis family) 1977 - Mr. Day's (Dupont Circle) 1977 - Generous George's Positive Pizza Place (Alexandria) 1977 - Geppetto 1977 - Geranio (Alexandria) 1977 - Nizam's 1977 - Positano Ristorante Italiano 1977 - Rocco's Italian Restaurant 1977 - Tia Queta 1978 - Artie's (Fairfax) 1978 - Bozzelli's Italian Deli (Fort Belvoir) 1978 - Havabite Eatery (Fairfax) 1978 - Joe's Pizza & Pasta (Woodbridge) 1978 - King's Court (Leesburg) 1978 - Market Lunch (Eastern Market) 1978*- Mixtec 1978 - Peking Gourmet Inn 1978 - PJ Skidoo's 1978 - Pistone's Italian Inn 1978 - Potomac Pizza 1978 - Potomac Village Deli (Potomac Village location closed 2006 (catering remained open through 2016), moved to Kentlands 2016) 1978 - Three Brothers (Greenbelt) 1978 - Zio's 1979 - 219 1979 - Blue Ridge Seafood (Gainesville) 1979 - Booeymonger (Georgetown) 1979 - The Deli (Fairfax or Herndon) 1979 - Deli City (Langdon Park) 1979 - Floriana (East Dupont) 1979*- Grevey's (Merrifield) 1979 - Ice House Cafe (Herndon) 1979 - Lebanese Taverna (North Arlington) 1979*- Matuba (South Arlington) 1979 - Nora 1979 - Shooter McGee's (Alexandria) 1979*- Wolftrap Cafe and Catering
  2. Feeling a little misty-eyed and nostalgic about Chef Itoh's passing, I'd like to begin a group project to honor the oldest restaurants in the New York City area, mirroring the one we've maintained for years in Washington, DC. Surrounding areas are included, and since our community was founded on April 15, 2005, anything that was open on that date is included as well. 1767 - Fraunces Tavern (Financial District, originally called "Queens Head Tavern," damaged and rebuilt several times) 1794 - Bridge Cafe (was a grocery store for several decades in the early 1800s) 1817 - James Brown House (now The Ear Inn ("Ear" is a clever change of "Bar" due to zoning laws)) 1827 - Delmonico's (23 William St. destroyed in 1835, revived at 56 Beaver St., origin of several dishes, 1st U.S. à la carte menu and wine list) 1854 - McSorley's Old Ale House (the opening date is very much in question, see Wikipedia for details) 1859 - Killmeyer's Old Bavaria Inn 1864 - Pete's Tavern 1868 - Old Homestead Steakhouse 1874 - Ryan's (became P.J. Hanley's, then closed and reopened as Goldenrod) 1880 - White Horse Tavern 1884 - P.J. Clarke's (3rd Avenue) 1885 - Keens Steakhouse 1887 - Peter Luger Steak House 1888 - Katz's Delicatessen (Lower East Side) 1892 - Old Town Bar (Flatiron District) 1906 - Barbetta (Theater District) 1908 - Barney Greengrass "The Sturgeon King" (Upper Westside) 1908 - John's of 12th 1910 - Yona Schimmel's Knishes 1913 - Grand Central Oyster Bar (closed 1972-1974) 1914 - Russ and Daughters 1916 - Nathan's (Coney Island location) 1917 - Café Des Artistes (closed 2009, opened 2011 as The Leopold at Des Artistes) 1920 - Nom Wah Tea Parlor (perhaps the oldest Chinese restaurant in New York 1922 - 21 Club (Greenwich Village, moved in 1925, 1926, and to its current location in 1929) 1922*- Chumley's (closed 2007 due to chimey collapse, still has plans to reopen 1922 - DeFontes Of Brooklyn 1926 - Frankie and Johnnie's Steakhouse (a speakeasy during prohibition) 1927 - Gallagher's Steakhouse (birthplace of the New York Strip Steak) 1927 - The Russian Tea Room 1932*- Pal's Cabin (West Orange) 1932 - Papaya King 1933 - Patsy's Pizzeria (East Harlem) 1934*- The Rainbow Room (at the top of the RCA building (now GE building) closed 1985-1987, 2008-2014?) 1934*- Tavern On The Green (2nd-highest grossing restaurant in the U.S. in 2007, $38 million) 1936 - McGovern's Tavern (Newark) 1936 - Peter McManus 1937*- The Carnegie Deli 1937*- Stage Deli 1937 - Subway Inn (moved 2 blocks from original location in 2017) 1937 - Le Veau d'Or 1939 - Leo's Grandevous (Hoboken) 1940 - Tom's Restaurant (the setting for the mythical "Monk's Diner" on Seinfeld Episodes) 1944 - Patsy's 1945*- Ben's Best (Rego Park) 1947 - Verona Inn (Verona) 1949 - Hector's Cafe and Diner 1950 - Donohue's Steak House (Upper East Side) 1950 - Libretti's (Orange) 1950 - Junior's 1953 - Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop (Greenpoint, ownership change in 1993) 1954 - 2nd Ave. Deli (original location closed in 1996, new locations began opening in 2007) 1954 - Veselka (Lower East Side) 1956 - Billymark's West (Chelsea) 1957 - Arturo's 1959 - The Four Seasons 1962*- Big Nick's Burger Joint 1962 - La Grenouille 1962 - Hobby's Deli (Newark) 1964 - Di Fara Pizza 1964 - Sarge's Deli (Murray Hill) 1965 - Joe Allen 1966 - Donovan's Pub (Woodside) 1966 - Sparks Steakhouse 1968 - La Caridad 78 1972 - J.G. Melon 1972 - One If By Land, Two If By Sea 1973 - Gray's Papaya (Upper West Side) 1979*- Le Train Bleu (Bloomingdale's, Upper East Side) * Closed [Thank you, New York City, for providing such a rich history. You are a truly remarkable city.]
  3. All known restaurants which opened before 1980 and remained opened when this website was founded (Apr 15, 2005) are included. Restaurants opening within the same year are alphabetized - no effort has been made to increase the precision to opening month. If a restaurant is known to be closed, it will have an asterisk ("*") by the year. Please feel free to add new posts for potential new entries, and I"ll update the list as we go. Since Los Angeles is a brand new forum, this is obviously in a neonatal state - see the Washington, DC list for what it will become over time. There are already some extant LA lists, such as Offbeat LA's - I will make sure to accredit them, and to direct readers to them, if I use their work (which I undoubtedly will). Note: I've recently rechecked Offbeat LA's "Oldest Surviving Los Angeles Restaurants List." That appears to be a definitive resource - I direct all our readers to this fine webpage. Note to Offbeat LA's authors: We have an "Oldest Restaurants" page in all of our cities; it just so happens that in Los Angeles, you've already done one - you are to be commended for this fine work. Here is ours for Washington, DC, should you ever need it. Cheers, Rocks. An asterisk next to the year means the establishment was open as of Apr 15, 2005 (our community's debut), but has since closed. 1905 - Golden Gopher (Downtown) 1917 - Magee's Kitchen (The Original Farmers Market) 1919 - Musso and Frank Grill (Hollywood) 1923 - El Cholo (Santa Monica) 1924 - Original Pantry Cafe (South Park - Moved in 1950 To Make Room for an Exit Ramp) 1938 - Du-Par's (The Original Farmers Market) 1946 - The SmokeHouse (Burbank - Current Location since 1949) 1952 - Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe (Boyle Heights) 1953 - Father's Office (Santa Monica) 1953 - Randy's Donuts (Inglewood) 1955*- Acapulco Inn (Long Beach) 1956 - Casa Vega (Sherman Oaks) 1969 - Casey's Irish Pub (Downtown) 1969 - The Habit Burger Grill (Santa Monica) 1971 - Avignone's (Montrose)
  4. Feeling a little misty-eyed and nostalgic about Chef Itoh's passing, I'd like to begin a group project to honor the oldest restaurants in the Baltimore and Annapolis areas, mirroring the one we've maintained for years in Washington, DC. Surrounding areas are included, and since our community was founded on April 15, 2005, anything that was open on that date is included as well. [Note, this post is pre-dated, as I merged the thread with an older, "Baltimore Institutions" thread - that's why the date may appear odd.] An asterisk next to the year means the establishment has closed, but was open as of April 15, 2005, the day this website was founded. I'll start with the oldest that I know of: 1750 - Middleton Tavern (Annapolis) 1775 - The Horse You Came In On (America's oldest saloon, only bar in MD open before, during, and after prohibition) 1784 - Treaty of Paris (Annapolis Hotel, original name under research) 1847 - Patrick's of Pratt Street (America's oldest Irish pub, same family since 1847, same location since 1862) 1861 - Waterfront Hotel (reopened as just a restaurant in 1955) 1886 - Faidley Seafood (Lexington Market location) 1888*- P.J. Cricketts (reopened as The Wharf Rat in 1992, Pratt Street Ale House in 2009) 1903 - Maggie's (Westminster) 1903 - The Owl Bar 1908 - Trincaria Foods 1915 - Attman's 1931 - Alonso's (Roland Park) 1933 - The Chesapeake (closed 1987-2013 (!)) 1934*- Burke's Restaurant (closed 2010) 1934 - Kibby's (Baltimore) 1937*- Valleggia's (reopened as Sopano's Steak House in 2010) 1940*- Martick's (grocery story pre-1940, pub with sandwiches 1940-1967, closed 1967-1970, French restaurant 1970-2008) 1943 - Matthew's Pizza 1944*- Obrycki's 1946*- My-T-Fine Snowballs (Carney, Closed 2007) 1947 - Hoffman's Ice Cream and Deli (Westminster) 1948 - Baugher's (Westminster) 1948 - Sip and Bite 1949 - Duda's Tavern (Baltimore) 1950 - Schultz's Crab House (Essex) 1951 - Ann's Dari-Creme 1952 - Pete's Grill 1955 - Sabatino's 1964*- Bel-Loc Diner (Towson, Closed Mar 26, 2017) 1968 - Tio Pepe's 1969 - Ikaros (Greektown) 1970*- Martick's Restaurant Franais (closed 2008) 1971 - Costas Inn (Dundalk) 1972 - Bottom of the Bay Seafood (Laurel) 1972 - Corner Stable (Cockeysville) 1972 - Bertha's (Fells Point) 1976 - The Fractured Prune (Ocean City) 1977 - Samos (Greektown)
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