You’ll Never Guess the No. 6 Restaurant in America in Sales
Then again, maybe you will. It is, according to this year's Restaurants & Institutions Top 100 Independent Restaurants list, the same establishment that placed sixth last year—Old Ebbitt Grill.
You read right: Old Ebbitt Grill, the Clyde's Restaurant Group property with a history that dates back to 1856. The place serves politicians, generals, and tourists alike, with a menu that's everything you'd expect from the Clyde's Restaurant Group. (The oysters, however, are killer, and we mean that in the best way possible.)
In 2008, according to R&I, Old Ebbitt raked in $23.3 million, placing it behind such powerhouses as Tao Las Vegas and Tavern on the Green in New York City. But what's more impressive is that Old Ebbitt pulled in that kind of cash with a dinner check average of only $24. Every other restaurant in the Top 10 had dinner check averages in the $60-plus range.
In other words, Old Ebbitt's cooks had to turn out a helluva lot of meals to earn those millions—800,000 meals to (semi)precise.
Interestingly enough, Old Ebbitt served exactly the same number of meals in 2007, at exactly the same dinner check average, according to the 2008 list. Either R&I has some lazy reporters or Old Ebbitt is one amazingly consistent restaurant.
By the way, the only other area eatery to make the list is Mike's American in Springfield. It landed at No. 71, with revenues of nearly $12 million. Mike's is part of the Great American Restaurants group.
Photo courtesy of Clyde's Restaurant Group