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Downtown Businesses, Photo Essay

Old Dutch Tavern: The New Hot Meeting Spot

Ever since it opened nearly 10 months ago, The Old Dutch Tavern on 227 Elm Street in Downtown Washington, has been enjoying quite the popularity. People keep coming back because of the good food, the extensive beer selection, and the history that goes with the building. Haven’t been to Old Dutch yet? Let me take you on a tour!

Let’s start from the very beginning. Believed to have been built in 1923, little is known about the building on 227 Elm Street. It supposedly started out as a butcher shop, and then in the 40ties and 50ties it became a popular hotel and restaurant. Until recently the building was home to Not Just Cut & Dried, which now is located just across the street from Old Dutch.

Two families, the Wunderlichs and the Cassettes, saw the potential the building had to offer, and when it came up for sale, they bought it with the intention to restore it to its iconic glory. The renovation project took almost two years to complete, but the hard work was worth it and it keeps paying off.

Meet Ben Wunderlich and part of his crew. Ben, who has a career in restaurant management, came back to Washington from Chicago to run the new family business. Old Dutch Tavern has been keeping him quite busy, and he is amazed at how well they have been received downtown. The restaurant doesn’t rely solely on old glory, they have made a name for themselves with the delicious food and the amazing beer selection.

Empty tables are a rare sight at Old Dutch Tavern. You can see them only if you sneak in before the restaurant opens in the morning, like I did. The whole building has been entirely renovated, but it still resembles the era when it was build.

What makes Old Dutch Tavern stand out from the crowd, is the variety of European and domestic microbrews they carry (currently around 50 kinds). If you follow Old Dutch on Facebook, sometimes you get to pick what would be on tap for the night 🙂

You can even find some local microbrews on the extensive menu: Tin Mill from Hermann, and Second Shift from New Haven.

If you are not a beer fan, the bar has a lot to offer, too.

Another reason why Old Dutch is loved by many in Washington, is that it is a non-smoking destination.

Why do I love Old Dutch? It’s not just the wonderful atmosphere, but also the great food. Ben lets his experienced chefs show off their culinary skills and express their creativity. New items are added to the menu all the time, and the specials never disappoint. 

Whether for lunch or for dinner, you can count on Old Dutch for some great tasting food! Did you know they have a Late Night menu from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekend nights? You can choose between Biscuits and Gravy, Hot Wings, French Toast, Italian Beef Sandwich, or even Bacon and Eggs.

Let’s not overlook their great desserts. A picture is worth a thousand words…

Ben says that he has always wanted to have his own restaurant. Unlike many other businesses who move away from downtown, The Old Dutch Hotel and Tavern takes pride in the history of the building and its key downtown location. By offering a “fair meal at a fair price” and a great microbrew selection, The Old Dutch Tavern has won many hearts!

Ready to take your own private tour? The Old Dutch Hotel and Tavern is located on 227 Elm Street, Washington, MO 63090. Their hours are as follows: 11 a.m. to 11p.m. Mon-Wed; 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Thurs-Sat; Kitchen: 11a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon-Sat; Closed Sunday. You can call 636.390.4400 or e-mail hotel@olddutchhotelandtavern.com; tavern@olddutchhotelandtavern.com. For more information visit their website here or follow them on Facebook

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.

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5 Responses to “Old Dutch Tavern: The New Hot Meeting Spot”

  1. So thrilled to see what they have done with the place! It’s one of my favorite Washmo buildings.

    Posted by Blue Sky Happy | April 3, 2012, 10:23 am

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