Small Plates: Georgetown Tavern Turns 75 Wednesday

Posted February 13, 2009 at 3:09pm

Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown, which opened Feb. 18, 1934, is celebrating its 75th anniversary on Wednesday.

Over the years, Martin’s has served politicians, athletes and celebrities, with many of the booths in the restaurant marked to commemorate the famous faces who sat in them. One such booth is the “Kennedy booth” — also know as the “proposal booth” — in which John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953.

Martin’s will be discounting the menu on Wednesday. The tavern will also celebrate the anniversary by offering a special Old Fashioned made with Maker’s Mark, a blend of bitters and fruit.

“It’s a huge milestone,” owner William Martin said in a press release. “It’s hard to express. … For me, it’s all about the day-to-day running of the restaurant. I’m very proud to be able to do it.”