Sunday, August 3, 2014

Granite City Food & Brewery to Open First East Coast Location

From our friends at Granite City Food & Brewery...

Restaurant goers in National Harbor will soon have a new place to go to satisfy their cravings for great food and award-winning, handcrafted beers.

Granite City Food & Brewery, a polished casual Modern American restaurant featuring a wide variety of dishes prepared from made-from-scratch recipes, as well as an on-site microbrewery, will open at the corner of American Way and St. George Boulevard on the ground floor of the Bozzuto Group’s luxury apartment community The Esplanade.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Granite City Food & Brewery opened its first restaurant in 1999 and is currently located in 14 states. The National Harbor location marks the company’s 33rd restaurant and will feature Granite City’s new upscale, contemporary design.

“We’ve enjoyed great success with our Cadillac Ranch location in National Harbor and are excited to introduce our Granite City Food & Brewery brand to the area,” said Rob Doran, CEO of Granite City Food & Brewery. “The opportunity to bring Granite City Food & Brewery to National Harbor seemed to be a natural fit as we moved forward with our expansion plans.”

Granite City Food & Brewery will employ more than 250 people at the National Harbor location.

The restaurant will occupy nearly 11,000 square feet of space and seating for approximately 300 people. The well-appointed, expansive interior spaces showcase a full-service, modern wrap-around bar that flows into an atrium, an open kitchen, a central hearth oven, a private dining room, exterior patio and an on-site microbrewery, visible from inside the restaurant and available for tours.

“National Harbor has established quite a track record for attracting first-to-market concepts to the Washington, DC metro area and we are excited to welcome Granite City Food & Brewery’s first East Coast location,” stated Kent Digby, Senior Vice President, National Harbor. “Granite City will be a tremendous addition and perfect complement to the more than 30 vibrant dining and entertainment options at National Harbor.”

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About Granite City:
Granite City Food & Brewery commenced operations in St. Cloud, MN, in June 1999 and with the Spring 2015 opening in National Harbor, will include more than 33 restaurants in 14 states. Granite City has won awards nationwide for Best Restaurant, Best Brunch, Best Patio, Best Beer, Best Martini, Best Burger, and more, including the prestigious Nation’s Restaurant News Hot Concept Winner. Granite CityFood and Brewery is passionate about creating fresh menu items from scratch and uses its patented brewing process known as Fermentus Interruptus to deliver the best brews.