A stalwart of Georgetown’s hospitality scene with seven years at landmark 1789 Restaurant, Kaufman brings his vast knowledge regarding customer satisfaction, high-volume demand, and wine to his new position.
A graduate of Georgetown University’s prestigious Walsh School of Foreign Service, Kaufman joined Clyde’s Restaurant Group as a bartender at the famous Old Ebbitt Grill in April 2007. Over the next four years, Kaufman would receive numerous accolades. He was named one of four “Top Gun” bartenders on a staff of 25, as well as The Old Ebbitt Grill’s “Bartender of the Year” in 2010. In March 2012, he was promoted to manager of the historic 1789 Restaurant. In less than two years, Kaufman was named general manager of the 56-year-old property. Over the next five years, he was responsible for over $8 Million in annual gross sales. He also helped plan and coordinate a 5-million-dollar multi-phase restaurant renovation.
Having achieved the second level of “Certified Sommelier” through the Court of Master Sommeliers, Kaufman is presently preparing for his level three exam. He brings to his new position a mindset that hospitality should be second nature, and “yes” should be the answer to any question from a guest. Kaufman is excited to be back in Georgetown to provide students, neighbors, tourists, and Washingtonians with exceptional service and warm hospitality paired with delicious French fare.