Once in awhile, Le Diplomate actually looks pretty empty.
General Manager William Washington sat down with Eater around 5 p.m. on a Thursday in a deep booth at the front of the popular 14th street restaurant during what felt like the calm before a storm. Staff had finished discussing daily menu logistics and readied their positions for dinner invasion.
After working at The Inn at Little Washington and similarly difficult-to-access restaurants in Miami, New York and Los Angeles, William Washington said to himself, “never again.” That is, until Philadelphia’s Starr Restaurants called him with an offer he just couldn’t refuse: running an authentic brasserie in the city he loves.
Still overwhelmed by Le Diplomate’s popularity after about a year and a half, William Washington divulges some insider tips to snagging a table, and not just for politicos like First Ladies or Vice Presidents. Brasseries, after all, welcome everyone.
CB: It doesn’t look that busy right now, at 5:00 on a Thursday.
Continue reading the interview on the Eater DC website, published on Oct. 31, 2014.