Seasoned professional, Justin Abad, has joined the food-and-beverage team at The Dupont Circle where outlets Café Dupont and Bar Dupont are not only a draw for world travelers but also a focal point in one of Washington’s most popular neighborhoods.
Abad will serve as General Manager of Outlets. He brings to the position extensive experience as an independent restaurateur with knowledge of the Washington market and important relationships within the tightly knit culinary and beverage community.
A graduate of George Washington University, Abad began as a server at Cashion’s Eat Place in 2002 and hasn’t looked back. Along the way, he studied and worked in Rome where he immersed himself in culinary and oenological history. Upon his return to the States, he began training under Cashion’s wine director and partner, John Fulchino, and within a short time was promoted to General Manager. In July of 2007, Abad and his partners purchased the restaurant from owners Ann Cashion and John Fulchino.
In 2010, Abad opened A.M. Wine Shoppe, a neighborhood delicatessen focused on a carefully curated wine selection with antipasti and charcuterie. This led to new ventures the first of which was Pop’s SeaBar opened in September 2014. He also co-founded TinMan Hospitality, an independent restaurant consulting practice with a focus on system efficiencies, defining and improving culture, and management development.
“Justin brings with him an impressive and exciting range of experience in the food-and-beverage area. We are delighted to welcome him to the team,” says Mark Roche-Garland, general manager of The Dupont Circle.