The Occidental, (1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW), which was established in 1906, will receive national attention on Monday, Sept. 23rd at 11:30 p.m. when it is showcased on a new episode of “All You Can Eat” on History Channel 2.
The hilariously funny and well-known comedian, John Pinette will host the show, just a few hundred feet from The White House, for a show titled “White House Eats.” The program will explain The Occidental’s unique history.
The Occidental was part of the Willard Hotel until 1912, when German immigrant Gustav Bucholz—who served as the restaurant's head waiter—purchased the lease and took ownership of the restaurant. Bucholz lined the walls with autographed photographs of many of The Occidental's high-profile patrons, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart, and the restaurant soon earned the moniker "Where Statesmen Dine." When The Washington Senators beat the New York Giants in the 1924 World Series, they held their victory banquet at the Occidental. Bucholz's son Frederick sold the restaurant in 1952 to New York restaurateurs Sonny and Danny Price.
The Occidental’s dinner menu currently features a Roasted Long Island Duck Breast, a Duo of Pork, a Surf ‘N Turf Filet and Lobster Tail, as well as a Summer Vegetable Tasting. The restaurant’s patio facing Pennsylvania Avenue remains open as the nice late summer weather sticks around and the popular brunch continues on the weekend.
The Occidental, adjacent to the renowned Willard InterContinental, was established in 1906. Today, the Occidental continues its historical tradition, providing Washington, D.C., with the best in food and hospitality. It remains a place where notables set out to eat “Where Statesmen Dine.” www.occidentaldc.com