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Tom O’Donnell founded the first O’Donnell’s restaurant in 1922 in Washington, DC. His daughter Janice opened the Bethesda location in the ’50s and Bill opened the Kentlands restaurant in 1997. Bill and Ashlee are the third and fourth generation to run the business, and a family member has always been involved and is generally on site at O’Donnell’s.
The market is a new concept for the brand, created because Bill and Ashlee wanted to keep the family tradition going but in retail form. Still offering O’Donnell’s signature crab cakes and rum buns, the market opened in 2015. “We care about our brand and our name,” says Bill. “We prioritize quality, by only buying the best products available and never cutting corners.”
“We love what we do!” says Ashlee. “We love the relationships that we have built with our customers. It feels like an extended family.”