Eat By Numbers: 1789

1789 Dining room

By Nevin Martell

When you dine out, you might think about the ingredients that go into your food, but you probably don’t think about all the numbers that make your meal happen. Restaurants are filled with interesting figures that might not be apparent when you bite into an enticing entrée or take a sip of a signature cocktail, but they’re all around you.

This week we traipse over to Georgetown’s historic 1789, which takes its name from the year the restaurant’s property was purchased by GU’s founding father Archbishop John Carroll (a little piece of paper known as the Constitution was signed that same year). We get the lowdown on how many staffers it takes for a single diner to enjoy a meal and the number of times one serious regular has dined there in the past decade.



Seats in restaurant: 201

Bar stools: Four

Years 1789 has been in business: 50

People who have dined in there in last 10 years: 542,359

Most number of times one regular has dined there over ten years: 233

Rooms in the restaurant where you can dine or drink: Six

Framed prints of the Civil War on the wall of the Manassas Room: 65

Minimum number of employees it takes to execute a diner’s meal: 27

Years the longest running employee has worked at the restaurant: 32

Pounds of sugar used every month: 400

Ducks used every week: 40

Bottles in the wine cellar: Over 5,000

1789 chocolate coin desserts sold every month: 312

Number of celebrity guests: Too many to count over five decades, but favorites include Barack Obama, President & Mrs. Clinton, Julia Child, Elizabeth Taylor, Nicole Kidman, and Paul McCartney

Supreme Court justices who have dined there recently: Six