In 1948, on the corner of 17th and Church Streets, a son of a Greek-immigrant fruit vendor named George Katinas opened what people might call a 'beer joint,' and what was to become Paramount Steakhouse. The extensive bar was the main feature in the dark wood-paneled bar and grill, where guests from all walks of life were welcomed in a convivial atmosphere and the smell of cigarettes and alcohol permeated the air. The neighborhood was more residential than it is today, and there were a lot of boarding houses. Rooming houses provided a mix of construction workers along with immigrants from Ireland, Italy, and Greece.
Helping George were his sisters, Sue Stouts and Annie Kaylor. Their sense of acceptance soon made the restaurant a gay mecca, where the gay community could come and feel comfortable and safe without being harassed and discriminated upon. The family's welcoming attitude and dedication to service, combined with the neighborhood mix, made the guest mix eclectic and gay. The all-female service staff, most of whom were mothers, provided guests with a home away from home.
In the 60's Annie's name was added to the name and thus the name Annie's Paramount Steakhouse was born. Annie's, the moniker that the restaurant now is commonly known, witnessed the civil-right riots of the 60's and the decline of 17th Street, but remained committed to the neighborhood and the community. Bolstered by the Stonewall Riots in New York City, the local gay community claimed Annie's their own, and thus Annie's thrived. The 70's brought male servers for the first time. Annie's reputation continued to expand throughout the district.
In the 80's, Annie's introduced the now famous Weekend Brunch, one of the first, if not only, restaurants to offer savory breakfast items on Saturdays and Sundays. There continues to be a great vibe on weekends, when there is a great crowd of families, gays, and tourists alike. Moved to its' present location at 1609 17th Street in what used to be a speakeasy called "Kiki's Casanova" which was adjacent to the Katinas' butcher kitchen, Annie's continued to build a faithful and loyal clientele.
Seizing an opportunity to bank on its' central location and proximity to clubs and bars, Annie's, in September 1993, kept its' doors open way past midnight and into the next day, again one of the first restaurants to open 24 hours on weekends. Serving Midnight Brunch, it catered to club-hoppers, hospitality industry workers, and insomniacs.
Annie's celebrated 60 years of service to the neighborhood and the community in 2008. After a much needed facelift, a refreshed and revitalized Annie's reinforced its' strong commitment to 17th Street, the GLBT community, and the DuPont Circle neighborhood, welcoming old and new regulars alike, and making sure the next generation has another place to call home.
Annie's Kaylor started working for her brother George Katinas in 1952. Her sister, Sue, joined forces with the family a year later. Both women started working behind the bar, and at the same time running the night shift. Annie gave her name to Annie's Paramount Steakhouse in the early 1960's, when her brother decided to attach her name to what was then known as Paramount Steakhouse after one of the other restaurants he owned wanted to personalize their name and distinguish it from the original.
What truly distinguished Annie's Paramount Steakhouse from the two other sister establishments downtown and in Georgetown, was Annie herself. Her commitment to impeccable service with a fun attitude, welcoming hospitality to ALL, and unwavering support to the GLBT community and DuPont Circle neighborhood has set a high standard for everyone else to follow.
Although Annie has stepped out of being behind the bar, she is still very much part of the scene. She still insists on making her signature batches of Manhattans the way she used to, and is always on the phone checking in when she is away. You will find her gracing us with her presence on weekend afternoons, holding court in the Backroom at Annie's with her glass of red wine and her barrage of questions: "What's going on?" "What this I hear about . . .?" "Who is that good-looking . . .?"
Hours of Operation
Monday 10 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday 10 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday 10 am - 1:00 am
Friday 10 am Open 24 Hours
Saturday Open 24 Hours
Sunday Close 11:30 pm
Annie's is OPEN 24 HOURS on Fridays and Saturdays, and All Sundays and Some Weekdays Preceding a Legal Holiday.
UPSTAIRS AT ANNIE'S
Thursday 5 pm - 10 pm
Friday 5 pm - 11 pm
Saturday 5 pm - 11 pm
Sunday 11 am - 10 pm
Main Bar: Monday to Friday 4pm - 7pm
Upstairs at Annie's: Thursday and Friday 5pm - 7pm
Annie's Paramount Steakhouse is located in DuPont Circle neighborhood in the Northwest Section of the Washington, District of Columbia, at 1609 17th Street NW, between Q and R Streets.
- Red Line: DuPont Circle, Q Street [North] Exit
- Go East two full block past 20th and 19th Streets and New Hampshire Avenue
- Turn Left on 17th Street towards middle of the block to Annie's
- Colonial Parking Garage: P Street between 17th and 18th
- On-Street Parking