Chef Joe Goetze, Senior Vice President of Culinary Development

Joe Goetze’s official title is senior vice president of culinary development, but within the Farmers Restaurant Group family, he’s simply known as Chef Joe.

He’s the culinary mastermind behind all of the dishes and extensive menus that our guests know and love at the Farmers Restaurant Group of restaurants.

Chef Joe’s extensive experience includes a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, and years spent developing menus and running kitchens at notable restaurants around the country.

Chef Joe started working with Mike V and Dan back in 1997, and in 2004 joined their VSAG team, where he worked on a variety of successful ventures. A few years later, Chef Joe became an integral part of the Farmers Restaurant Group development team, where he aims for authenticity in every recipe and strives to create, as he likes to put it, “I like to make food that hugs you.”

According to Chef Joe, the most interesting and important part of his job is sourcing the food and knowing the origins of each ingredient. Whether it’s how and where the tomatoes were grown or exactly where the cows were born and how they were raised, he believes that the hallmark of a great chef is one that creates fresh, memorable meals for every guest.

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Through The Eyes of The Farmer

Farmers Restaurant group is a collection of restaurants, majority owned by American Family Farmers established on a platform of farm-inspired American food and drink in modern, upscale casual, and eco-friendly settings. FRG created the internationally recognized, award-winning Founding Farmers restaurant in the heart of Washington, D.C., which opened in 2008, and has been host to more than 1.2 million guests since then, as one of the most popular 'must-do' experiences in the nation's capital. FRG works with an ongoing commitment to supporting American family farmers with exceptional culinary and mixology programs, with an eye to providing great service, sourcing regionally and seasonally whenever possible, and to creating unique, inspired, creative, fun and inviting spaces. (read more)

Opening Hours

First Bake:
Mon – Fri, 7:30am – 10:30am
Lunch, Dinner, Sushi:
Mon – Wed, 11:00am – 10:00pm
Thurs, 11:00am – 11:00pm
Fri, 11:00am – midnight
Sat, 2:00pm – midnight
Sun, 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Farm Market Brunch:
Sat, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Sun, 9:00am – 2:00pm

Environmentally Friendly

Farmers Restaurant Group is dedicated to environmentally friendly practices at every turn. We are proud to say that Farmers Fishers Bakers is LEED Silver Certified as established through the U.S. Green Building Council and is also a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®. See the 68 steps that we took to become a Certified Green Restaurant here. 

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