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 22 years. He resides in Shaw.
David has spent 34 years in professional restaurant management, beginning in 1984 at the Division Sixteen in Boston, MA. He opened his first restaurant, WPA, a casual American, in 1991 in Miami Beach. In 1993, he and partners opened Grillfish Miami Beach soon followed by Grillfish Boston. He moved to DC in 1996 to open the third Grillfish. In 2002, he and his partners separated but 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. In 2014 The Heights was sold. In the fall of 2016 the latest EatWell DC concept was born in Shaw, The Bird, serving all things poultry with an emphasis on vegetables.
Seven 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.
From an early age, Peter Eskra was drawn to the restaurant and hospitality industry. Raised in Mystic, Connecticut, as a child Peter would routinely open “restaurants” within his home. Tired of paying for food they bought, his parents quickly got him a job at a restaurant owned by a neighbor, which had the added benefit of serving a more diverse clientele than immediate family. A love of hospitality, fastpace, and great food was born.
Following his undergrad work at the University of Delaware, Peter moved to Washington D.C. in 2005 to explore a career in the political field. The first week in the city he also began working as a server at Logan Tavern. After stints within a Presidential campaign and on Capitol Hill, he discovered his true passion and love was within the hospitality industry. EatWell DC with its exacting standards, connection to the community, and family of employees was the perfect fit.
In 2007, Peter joined the management ranks. He began as General Manager of Merkado Kitchen and ushered it to the current concept, Commissary. He also served as General Manager of Logan Tavern, The Pig, and later Operations Director for the company. He rose to Partner with the opening of The Bird in 2016. Now in his role as Managing Director, he sees it as a unique opportunity to build on what EatWell DC does best, and grow to even greater heights in the future.
Antonio Oquendo, Senior Partner and Purchasing Director
Antonio (Tony) Oquendo was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has lived in Washington, DC for the past 16 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.
Heran Mane, Development Director
Born and raised in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, Heran has lived and worked in Washington, DC since 2007. Her industry experience began in her mother’s neighborhood grocery store before she moved to the United States full-time for college in 2002. In the states, Heran worked her way through school at a variety of places, including Indie Blue and Mie N Yu.
In 2007, Heran began working at Logan Tavern as a hostess. Her command of the dining room and passion for hospitality were undeniable. She rose through the ranks, performing nearly every front of house and management position until ultimately becoming General Manager in 2015. Ushering Logan Tavern through its 10-year anniversary, she helped transform it from Logan Circle’s lone neighborhood restaurant, to a community fixture.
Heran’s love of serving doesn’t end within the restaurant. Her unique connection to the community, both in Washington and beyond, has driven her to spearhead efforts to give back and give well. In her current role as Development Director, Heran is closely involved in EatWell DC’s GiveWell program, benefiting local and international charities and causes. She is instrumental in furthering the Eat Well DC goals of dedication to our community and planet.
Heidi Minora, Marketing Director
Heidi Minora was born and raised in Linwood, New Jersey and has lived in Washington, DC since 2006. In 2007, upon graduation from Pennsylvania State University with an English degree, she joined EatWell DC as an opening server at The Heights. During that time, she held the position of Marketing Manager at the Cato Institute.
In 2009, Heidi became a manager at The Heights. With a passion for marketing, her time as manager also involved pioneering the promotions program of the restaurant. With the premiere of the (now famous) annual “Oscar Party”, it was clear she brought not just a unique vision, but a love for making a connection with guests and exceeding their expectations on every level.
In 2012, Heidi moved to Commissary as Assistant General Manager and in 2014 became General Manager. The next year she took on the additional role of EatWell DC Promotions Director, where her energy and dedication helped the group to reach new customers and connect the community. Now in her role as Marketing Director, she has the opportunity to explore new and innovative ways to further those goals.
Mallory Finnegan comes to Washington D.C. by way of Arizona. She was introduced to the restaurant industry at a young age by her godmother who ran a successful restaurant for over 20 years. It was this first glimpse into the intricacies of the business that sparked a curiosity that would carry into her professional life.
While in college, Mallory was hired by Culinary Concepts by Jean Georges at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. This led to a position as part of the opening team at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C. following her graduation. She managed host training in the lead up to the opening of the W, and ran special events following the official opening. After her time at the W, she continued the events coordinator career track, but decided to switch gears in 2012 when she began work with Eat Well DC as a server at Commissary.
In 2013, Mallory transferred to management of a now-former Eat Well DC property, The Heights. Over the course of the year she rose to the position of Assistant General Manager. As soon as possible following the sale of The Heights, Mallory was asked to take over as General Manager at The Pig.
Since taking over at The Pig in 2015, Mallory has established its position on the busy 14th Street corridor as a unique neighborhood fixture. Her passion for exacting and personalized service have created a warm welcoming environment for neighbors and visitors alike.