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New Founding Farmers Keeps It Local On And Off The Table

Last week our cousins over at Eater DC updated their Brunch Heatmap and mentioned the latest Founding Farmers restaurant to open their doors. Since it was designed by CORE architect + design, the same people responsible for the Fellini-esque Black Jack and Pearl Dive, we couldn't help but wonder how they turned an empty shell into a source for locally-grown food. Turns out they used as many local construction materials as possible. We have a list of some of the design decisions, plus a gallery of before shots to compare to pictures of the grand finale (above) that were taken last week.

Founding Farmers Potomac, Design Decisions:

· The wallcovering in the restrooms are by Designtex. The images are printed
on a substrate made up of recycled material.

· The chairs are custom-made by a small shop in Ohio called Objeti. The wood
used was all sourced locally.

· The large communal tables were done by Dunbar, a shop in North Carolina, and
wood was sourced locally as well.

· The flooring in the kitchen is by Oscoda Products and is made up of 100%
recycled material.

· Counter tops in the restrooms are made of Paperstone which is a material
made of 100% recycled paper.

· The large mural was printed on a substrate that contains rapidly renewable
content. The image is by a New York based artist that teamed with Maharam,
the manufacturer, to help create unique digital projects. This piece
resembles the American heartland.

· The host stand and bar front is made of reclaimed shoe shipping boxes.

· The stone top at the pastry station is soapstone salvaged from an old building on the University of Maryland campus.

· Where To Eat Brunch Right Now [EDC]
· Founding Farmers [Official Site]
· A Palace And A Seedy Bar All In The Same Showroom [CDC]
· CORE [Official Site]