HALEY BARBOUR & TOM BOGGS OPEN THE CAUCUS ROOM - BIPARTISAN D.C. RESTAURANT BACKED BY "WHO'S WHO"
LIST OF LOBBYISTS, HIGH TECH EXECS,
SPORTS MOGULS AND RESTAURATEURS
September 11, 2000 Washington, D.C. - Despite the growing heat of the 2000 presidential campaign, the major parties put aside their differences last week to celebrate the long anticipated opening of The Caucus Room
(401 4th Street, N.W.) - the first truly bipartisan restaurant on Capitol Hill.
Prominent Democrat Tom Boggs, former Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour and Ed Mathias from The Carlyle Group joined Michael Sternberg and Larry Work (Sam & Harry's Restaurant Group) last week to kick off what has been hailed as one the most high profile restaurant openings in history. The bipartisan roster of the Caucus Room's 67 shareholders includes Ted Leonsis, Raul Fernandez, Jon Ledecky, Terry McAuliffe, C. Boyden Gray, Thomas Downey, Richard Burt and Frank Luntz, to name just a few.
"Those outside the beltway think Washington is a place of constant partisanship," Tom Boggs said. "The Caucus Room will allow people to take off their Washington hats and come together over a great meal. We offer exceptional food and the perfect atmosphere for everyone to enjoy."
More than a bipartisan venture, the restaurant represents the coming together of Washington's political and high tech communities. "It's a great place for these two worlds to come together," said Michael Sternberg. Judging by the unprecedented interest in the venture - the restaurant was oversubscribed in just four days - lobbyists and high tech executives agree. "It's kind of like an I.P.O.," said Boggs to the New York Times, but one about contacts, not money.
"This is going to be a fun place - the kind of place where you can 'put the grind behind you'," said partner Haley Barbour. More than just fun, The Caucus Room is a world-class $3.3 million dollar restaurant offering the highest level of fine dining cuisine and service. The restaurant features rich mahogany paneling, gleaming marble, brass appointments, rare political memorabilia, and black and white historical photos from the Senate, the Library of Congress and the National Archives.
The restaurant features six elegant private dining rooms - more than any other restaurant in D.C. - designed to accommodate groups of 8-100. All of the Caucus Room's private rooms are equipped with fax and modem capability; A-V equipment is available upon request.
The Caucus Room menu, designed and executed by Executive Chef Eric Sloman, features Continental Cuisine and highlights traditional favorites such as Chateaubriand for Two, Lobster Thermidor and Dover Sole. Entrée prices range from $12 to $25 for lunch and $27 to $64 for dinner. The wine list features outstanding selections of the finest California, French and Italian varietals, several of which are offered by the glass.
The Caucus Room is operated by Sam & Harry's Restaurant Group based in Tysons Corner, VA. Under the direction of President Larry Work and CEO Michael Sternberg, Sam & Harry's Restaurant Group owns and operates Sam & Harry's Washington, DC, Sam & Harry's Tysons Corner, The Caucus Room and Music City Roadhouse.