Eat Well DC was not just conceived as a restaurant management company, but a place where synergy is created. We bring together great food, service and people to create an exciting & provocative atmosphere. EatWell DC operates five neighborhood restaurants and employs over 180 people. The partners also own and operate a private farm in La Plata, Maryland, less than 40 miles from DC. We care very much about our many loyal guests and care equally about our team. We’re in business to make a profit but we do it with our people and the planet in mind first. Quality of life and profitability go hand in hand at EatWell DC.
David Winer, Principal
David Winer was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts and has lived in Washington, DC for the past 16 years. He resides in Logan Circle.
David has spent 29 years in professional restaurant management, beginning in 1984 at the Division Sixteen in Boston, MA. He opened his first restaurant, WPA, a casual American eatery, in 1991 in Miami Beach, FL. In 93, he and partners opened Grillfish Miami Beach which was soon followed by Grillfish Boston. He moved to DC in 96 and opened the third Grillfish. In 2002, David and his partners separated and he retained principal ownership of Grillfish DC.
In 2003, along with new partners Antonio Oquendo and Josh Hahn, EatWell DC Management was formed as Logan Tavern, a casual neighborhood eatery, opened in Logan Circle, DC. The partners followed with Merkado Kitchen in 2005, also located in Logan Circle. In 2007 they opened The Heights, another casual American, in the newly emerging Columbia Heights neighborhood. In 2009 Merkado Kitchen was transformed into Commissary, a very casual neighborhood eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the spring of 2012, EatWell DC opened its fifth restaurant, The Pig. It serves pork centric and nose to tail cuisine, again in Logan Circle.
Two years ago, the partners purchased a small farm for growing natural produce. The long term goal is to provide fresh, natural vegetables to all five of its restaurants in the EatWell DC group for the bulk of the growing season.
Josh Hahn was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts and has lived in Washington, DC for the past 10 years. He resides in Logan Circle.
Josh has spent 10 years in professional restaurant management and a combined 15 years in the hospitality field. In 2002, upon graduating with a business degree from Emory University in Atlanta, he assumed the role of a Manager of Grillfish DC. In 2003, he moved to Logan Tavern as opening General Manager and became a partner in EatWell DC Management Company. He relinquished his General Manager duties in 2006 to become a full time Operating Partner.
Josh serves on the board of Cohn’s Kitchen, a program that provides education and restaurant training to underprivileged youth and young adults in DC. He also serves annually as the Program Director for the Manitou Experience, a one week summer camp in Maine for children who have experienced the loss of a parent.
Antonio Oquendo, Senior Partner
Antonio (Tony) Oquendo was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has lived in Washington, DC for the past 14 years. He resides in Northeast DC.
Tony grew up working weekends in the family seafood restaurant. He is a graduate of the Cornell Hotel Restaurant Management School and has spent over 25 years as a professional restaurant manager. He started at Division Sixteen in Boston, MA and went on to WPA in Miami Beach and then to Grillfish DC as General Manager. He became an EatWell DC partner in 2003 and has participated in the opening and operations of all EatWell DC restaurants as an Operating Partner.
Peter Eskra, Operations Director
Peter Eskra was born and raised in Mystic, Connecticut and has lived in Washington, DC for the past 9 years.
Peter has spent 7 years in professional restaurant management and a combined 17 years in the hospitality field. He began his restaurant career in 1997 at a historic Connecticut restaurant where he worked his way through high school. While pursuing a degree from the University of Delaware he worked as a Banquet Captain at a country club, catering to upscale weddings, tournaments, and events.
In 2005, he moved to Washington, D.C. for positions on a presidential campaign and later Capitol Hill. While working in politics, he also began his career with EatWell DC at Logan Tavern as a server. It was here that he discovered his passion for a career in hospitality and joined the company in a full-time capacity to open The Heights as their Head Server. He subsequently moved to Merkado Kitchen as a Manager and soon after became General Manager, where he helped to usher the transition to the current concept of Commissary. In 2011, he assumed the role of General Manager at Logan Tavern. In addition to that role, he began serving as the Operations Director of EatWell DC in 2014.
Michael Bonk, Culinary Director
Michael E. Bonk was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and relocated to Washington, DC in 2005. He currently resides in Logan Circle with his wife, Elizabeth.
Michael’s love of food and seasonal cooking started at a very young age. His polish grandmother had a very large garden full of fruits and vegetables where he would spend summer afternoon’s foraging through the garden tasting the raw fruits and vegetables. After an initial career in banking, in 2003 Michael switched gears to focus on a culinary career. He attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia and participated in a culinary study abroad program in Paris, France. Upon his return, he decided to lay his roots in DC. In Washington, he has worked at Vidalia under James Beard award-winning chefs Jeffrey Buben and R.J. Cooper, at Eric Ripert’s West End Bistro, and under James Beard nominee Nicholas Stefanelli at Mio.
Michael took over the kitchen at The Pig in May 2013 where he currently serves as Executive Chef. During his tenure, he has stayed committed to the celebration of pork. The Pig only sources local whole pasture and free range animals. He is also committed to pairing his pork with the best produce sourced from our own EatWell Natural Farm in La Plata, MD.
In 2015, Michael was promoted to Culinary Director of EatWell DC. In addition to his role at The Pig, Michael now supervises the other EatWell chefs and kitchens. With his vast knowledge, talent, and experience, Michael works to empower and motivate the other chefs and assist them with their food offerings e is focusing on our food offerings to ensure that they are interesting, seasonal, and most importantly, of the highest quality.
Michael enjoys traveling and experiencing new foods and cultures. His experiences in China, France, South Africa, Italy, and a number of Caribbean Islands, have shaped his style of cooking and are reflective in his ever-changing menus.