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Great American Restaurants

Since 1974, Great American Restaurants have set the bar for casual dining in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Through a unique combination of entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm for hospitality and relentless hard work, Great American Restaurants have created 15 dining destinations and 2 artisan bakeries offering fantastic cuisine and plenty of fun. Founders Randy Norton, Jim Farley and Mike Ranney set out with the mission of hiring and developing the best service professionals in the industry. Over the past 45+ years, GAR has built a team dedicated to excellence, hospitality, and fun with fanatical attention to detail. From Carlyle in Arlington to Sweetwater Tavern in Falls Church, and Randy’s Prime Seafood & Steaks in Vienna to Good Eats Emporium in Sterling, Great American Restaurants are the Washington area’s top destinations for family and friends in search of classic American cuisine and good times.... Read more


We exist to provide happiness to our guests and our GARStars (employees).... Read more


As Great American Restaurants continues to provide excellence in hospitality, we are also committed to every GARStar having a bright and exciting future with us.... Read more


Great American Restaurants is dedicated to creating outstanding experiences in hospitality for both guests and employees, where GARStars feel that they are part of something special.... Read more

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Paying attention to every detail is what allows us to deliver excellence to our guests, and our passion for the details is what drives our consistency and continuous improvement. We know that our people are what make us special and are committed to the development and future careers of our GARStars, which is why almost 60% of our managers and support center staff have been promoted from within the company.... Read more


We exist to provide happiness to our guests & employees.

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