Meet the incredible people behind the unparalleled dining experience at 1789 Restaurant.
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Tracy O'Grady

Tracy O'Grady

Executive Chef

A South Buffalo native, O’Grady has earned her local renown with over twenty years of restaurant experience in the D.C. area. She received high acclaim for her restaurant Willow in Arlington, VA, where she served as Executive Chef and owner for ten years. Following its closure, O'Grady was Executive Chef and managing partner of the fast-casual Italian Campono Restaurant in The Watergate. She acquired a unique culinary education, spending several years working under Chef Yannick Cam as well as James Beard Award-winning Chefs Roberto Donna and Bob Kinkead, for whom she served as Executive Chef for ten years at D.C. fine-dining seafood restaurant Kinkead’s. Chef O'Grady is excited to be crafting a contemporary seasonal dinner menu for 1789 Restaurant along with a selection of bar bites for the Bar & Club Room. 

Richard Kaufman

Richard Kaufman

General Manager

A graduate of Georgetown’s prestigious School of Foreign Service, Richard Kaufman joined Clyde’s Restaurant Group in 2007 as a bartender at the landmark Old Ebbitt Grill. He was promoted to a manager position at 1789 Restaurant and, in 2013, he became General Manager of both 1789 and The Tombs. Kaufman oversees 1789 Restaurant as a Certified Sommelier, trained and specialized in pairing complementary wines with the Chef's culinary creations. Kaufman says he has the best gig in town because he gets to run one of the best fine dining restaurants upstairs and one of the top college bars downstairs.

Martha Ripple

Private Events & Reservations Manager

Interested in Joining the Staff?

We’re always looking for outstanding people who understand our approach and share our commitment to bring our customers an extraordinary experience. Our work environment is professional, as we seek to hire the most qualified people we can find. We treat our staff with honesty, fairness, and integrity, and we support their development; investing in our employees is crucial to the future success of the company. As a result, we enjoy a high retention rate. Our staff comes to work with enthusiasm and passion every day. At Clyde’s Restaurant Group, we believe in rewarding merit over seniority, so schedules are based on performance.

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