History of Nathans Restaurant
Within a few months of opening, Nathan and Charlie sold their shares to Howard, who began his almost three decades as the sole proprietor of Nathans.
his mark on the place. He wanted to give Georgetown a taste of his
favorite New York bars - P.J. Clarke's and the 21 Club - -with their
racy and frankly masculine energy. He designed and built a back bar
that displayed every brand of liquor he and his friends could think
of. "When someone walks in that door they want to know we'll
have what they want to drink," he said. "Besides, anything
worth doing is worth overdoing."While the bar displayed macho,
the dining room was designed with a clubby décor to be as welcoming
to a group of business people unwinding after a day's work, as it
is romantic for lovers on a date. Critics swooned for the place. A
"record girl" played LP's on a turntable in the back room
each night after dinner. As they do today, a mix of socialites, sports
stars, political operatives, media heavies and regular folks came
from everywhere to mingle with authentic Georgetowners, sip champagne,
scotch or cognac and unwind into the wee hours.
Nathans, now in its 35th year, and open every day of the year, proudly celebrates the tradition of a great neighborhood bar.
My son and I are
happy to have you here. Please come back soon.