Young and Hungry

Photos: Ray’s the Steaks and Ray’s the People at East River

There's a new steakhouse in the District, and it is, by my reckoning, D.C.'s first true steakhouse: Ray's the Steaks at East River. It's a meat emporium designed for, and run by, longtime Washingtonians — you know, the ones marginalized not only by the federal government, but also by the local transients who’d rather drink battery acid than cross the Anacostia. Darrow Montgomery has photographed each of the employees at Ray's the Steaks at East River to give you a glimpse into the soul of this one-of-a-kind steakhouse. — Tim Carman

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Jerome Banks, Server

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Chris Smith, Line Cook

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Lucas Glaeser, Manager

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Yolanda Armstrong, Server

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Jarvis Lucas, Busser/Food Runner

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Tijana McRae, Hostess

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Scott Herdman,  Chef

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Jai Juan Sheffield, Sous Chef

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Tikeya Witherspoon, Food Runner

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Danielle Worley, General Manager

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Lee Wilcox., Server

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Corn Ferguson, Greeter/Host

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Vonja Hanton, Server

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Tobey Gray, Greeter/Host

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Zina Elkbil, Assistant Manager

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Reggie Johnson, Busser

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Mike Powells, Dishwasher

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Brittney Jackson, Hostess

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Michael Landrum, Owner

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3905 Dix Street Northeast, June 11


  • STW

    "you know, the ones marginalized not only by the federal government, but also by the local transients who’d rather drink battery acid than cross the Anacostia. "

    uhhh, what?

    I stopped crossing the Anacostia when a guy, probably high, threatened to slice me from ear to ear around 1986.

    I stayed off of 14th St when I got mugged while leaving the BBQ Iguana.

    Who marginalized who in DC? Come back to reality.

  • Heather

    STW, you might be surprised at the difference 20+ years makes. I applaud Mr. Landrum for his show of respect to a badly underserved area; it's a nice change from business owners' and politicians' empty words.

  • Deanwoodenizen

    I am glad and proud that Michael didn't stick to the black and white statistics (figuratively and literally) that claim Wards 7 and 8 don't want and can't support a restaurant of this caliber. Landrum's commitment to hire not only Ward 7 residents but residents living in the neighborhood is a slap in the face to the recent reports about businesses adhering to DC's First Source law. Kudos also to the developer, CityInterests, which owns the building, that cajoled, prodded and enticed Landrum to open his first DC restaurant in Ward 7!

  • Simon

    Big up for RTSAER. I'll gladly eat there over Clarendon any day.

  • STW

    yeah, pardon me if I came off like a jerk, I think this is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and I am ECSTATIC that people like Landrum are shaking out the deadwood over there.

    I just got upset that anyone might suggest Ward 7 or 8 residents were marginalized where my experience was they were outright hostile to a teenage me with friends at the base.

  • combo

    what makes something a true steakhouse?

  • http://www.AnacostiaRiverRealty.com Darrin Davis

    As an east of the Anacostia River real estate agent, I am thrilled about what's going on here. The new Thai restaurant, Orchid's, Big Chair Coffee, Union Town Bar & Grill and the soon-to-be-opened, Yes! Organic Market shows that the area is definitely moving in a great new direction!

    Darrin Davis, Principal Broker/Owner
    Anacostia River Realty

  • combo

    seriously, what is a "true steakhouse"? i've not been to many steakhouses so i don't know. is it the quality? is it more laid back than the fancy downtown ones? is it that they only do steaks? do they butcher on site?

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