In 2005 we pooled our collective talent and resources to open our idea of what a true neighborhood tavern should be - great food, personable service, a vibrant bar scene, and zero pretense. In 2012, we relocated a block north on Wisconsin Ave to a larger location with a great outdoor courtyard.
Whether you are a long time regular or a first time guest, we want you to be equally comfortable grabbing a drink with friends, coming in for an early or late brunch, celebrating a special occasion, or simply having a great meal any day of the week. We strongly believe in being owner/operators, so you will always find one of us minding the store. We value our relationship with our guests, so whether it's your first time joining us or we are welcoming you back, we look forward to seeing you soon.
Paul Holder grew up in New Jersey and moved to DC in 1998 upon his enrollment at Georgetown University. Paul graduated in 2002 with a double major in Marketing and International Business and was a 4 year member of the Men's Heavyweight Crew team. Upon graduating, Paul became enamored with DC’s emerging restaurant industry, and started his career bartending and managing one of Adams Morgan busiest nightspots. It was while working in Adams Morgan that Paul met his current partners and began working towards opening Town Hall in 2004. Since Town Hall’s opening, Paul has served as Managing Partner of the ownership group and as GM of the restaurant, and is also a partner in sister restaurant Sixth Engine. Paul is the remaining bachelor of the group and lives in Glover Park in close proximity to Town Hall.
Jeremy grew up in the hospitality business with his family owned and operated bed and breakfast, The Home Port Inn and Restaurant, in Lubec, ME. As a young adult, he worked every position the business had to offer, discovering his passion for the restaurant industry. After attending Roanoke College, Jeremy moved to Washington, DC where he worked with the Capital Restaurant Concepts group, including Paolo’s and Old Glory in the heart of Georgetown. Jeremy also joined the opening team at Adam’s Mill Bar & Grill in Adams Morgan. In 2004, Jeremy joined in forming the ownership group of Town Hall in Glover Park, opening doors of the original location in 2005. His next project was overseeing the development and restoration of DC’s oldest firehouse in Mount Vernon Triangle in 2010, which became the home of our sister restaurant Sixth Engine in early 2012. Jeremy currently lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife Kate and young son Vince, and is an avid supported of all things Boston.
Tim is a consummate local, having grown up in Bethesda and attending high school at Gonzaga. From Gonzaga, Tim went on to graduate in 1997 with a degree in Business & Finance from Mount St. Marys, while also captaining the Varsity Lacrosse Team. Tim's immersion in the restaurant industry began at an early age, starting off at Bethesda Crab House as a busser during his summer vacation from college. As the summers progressed, he became a server, then bartender, then manager, and in later years oversaw their somewhat daunting operations. After college, Tim gained employment as a bartender in some of the city's busiest bars, including Third Edition and was a member of the opening teams for both Smith Point and Adams Mill. Tim's first ownership interest was in a small Adams Morgan location T.S. Muttlys which opened a few months before Town Hall with a different partnership group. After 3 years, Tim decided to refocus his efforts back at Town Hall and other upcoming opportunities with the partnership group, and thus sold the business and it lives on today as The Black Squirrel. Tim is also a Partner in Sixth Engine, and resides in Chevy Chase, D.C. with his wife Erinn and 4 children.
Hank grew up in Chester County, Pennsylvania and relocated to DC upon his enrollment at The Catholic University of America where he pursued a major in political theory, graduating with honors in 1999. During college, Hank got his start in the bar business while working as a barback during the summer at the Georgetown Waterfront. From there, he worked at such iconic DC institutions as The Irish Times, Third Edition & Mr. Day's. Upon graduating college, Hank had originally planned to pursue a career in federal law enforcement, and had every intention of applying to law school. Hank however, also felt a strong attraction to the hospitality industry, and decided to pursue that path. Hank went on to open Adam's Mill Bar & Grill, and used that initial success to help form the ownership group at Town Hall. Hank can still be found at Town Hall on the weekends, but during the week he works full-time as a financial advisor in northern Virginia. Hank lives with his wife Lauren in Ledroit Park and is an unfortunate Eagles fan.
Hernando was born in Bogota, Colombia and with his family migrated to Miami, Florida in 1995. He blessed DC with his presence by attending American University and graduated with a degree in International Business Management. During college he entered into the industry as a bouncer at Millie & Al’s and T.S. Muttly’s. At T.S. Muttly’s he moved up to bartender and eventually became a manager. This is where he met Tim Walsh who would later bring him into the Town Hall family. Hernando started at Town Hall as a bartender in June 2008 and after 2 years of International Development work he committed to Town Hall full-time. After several years as a bartender, he became a manager, and is now the Beverage Director/Events Coordinator. Hernando lives in Rockville, Maryland with his beautiful wife Jenn and son, Hernando Cano III.
Jenn was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland and remained in the area until attending Liberty University. While in school, Jenn started in the restaurant business as a hostess at a Japanese steakhouse and has been in the business ever since. Eventually, Jenn found her way to DC and worked in a few busy spots before joining the re-opening team of the newly relocated Town Hall in early 2012. Jenn quickly fell into rhythm with the neighborhood and the bar, and within a few months, fell in love with one of her fellow bartenders as well. Four years later Jenn is a FOH manager and is married to fellow manager Hernando. They live in Maryland with their sweet baby boy Hernando Cano III.
Manager/Digital Content Director
Alex is from Doylestown, PA and is a Graphic Designer and Photographer. She has been designing and photographing for over 5 years. Before starting out as a Hostess at Town Hall she cashiered, bussed, served, and occasionally even made pizza at Angelico's in Tenleytown. When she's not a Town Hall you'll find her in Spring Valley walking dogs or doing Freelance design for a local Non-Profit.
Chef de Cusine
Stephan Boillon hails from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is a first generation French-American. He was born into the hospitality business and has worked every position in it from line cook, busser and dishwasher to Chef-Owner. Stephan began his career with an unofficial apprenticeship at his father’s critically acclaimed restaurant Le Mesquite at 13-17 years old. Chopping herbs, peeling potatoes, washing dishes and bussing tables and with frequent trips to France to visit family, eat and drink. He then tried his hand in the “front of the house” starting with bussing/barbacking, serving and bartending but soon realized his home is in the kitchen. Stephan went on to work with 2 of the South East’s first James Beard Award winners in Mark Militello and Alan Susser as Exec. Sous Chef and Exec. Chef respectively.
It was while working as Exec. Chef at Chef Allen’s in N. Miami Beach that he met his future wife Elizabeth at Bubble-Q at the 2007 South Beach Wine & Food Festival (Lamb chops and Champagne were involved). It is thanks to her that he moved to the district 9 years ago (now living in Takoma Park with son Luca). Chef Stephan also owned and operated the El Floridano food truck (Washingtonian Magazine ‘Best-Of’ 2010) and Mothership restaurant (Runner-Up best new restaurant, Washington Blade 2013).
He takes full responsibility for the new Tuna Tartar and stands behind his decision.
Originally from El Salvador, Ice has been part of the TH family since opening in 2005, and before that time also worked for Chef Madrid at Paolo's. Ice a steadfast and calm presence in the kitchen, and fosters the same sense of family throughout the back of the house that can be found among our FOH staff. Many of Ice's family extended family members have also worked with us over the years, and Ice lives with is wife in NE DC.
Director of Everything
Jack is another Day 1 employee, and is considered by many to be the glue that holds us all together. Jack runs his show behind the scenes, and is always ready to welcome new staff, and keep them in check when they're learning the ropes. Jack can also be found making numerous cameo appearances in most Town Hall News videos, but has yet to let the celebrity get to his head. Jack is an Avid Instagram user, plays Powerball religiously with Paul Holder, and has won more hands of poker than he's lost.