The biggest challenge for the owners of Old Angler’s Inn was living up to its former reputa- tion—then trying to live it down.
;e English-style country inn has
been a private residence, a grocery store
and even a post o;ce since it opened
as a traveler’s hostelry in 1860, close to
the C&O Canal and within sight of the
Potomac River. ;anks to a celebrated
1961 incident in which proprietor
Olympia Reges ousted a group of canal
hikers—including then-Supreme Court
Justice William Douglas, Secretary of
the Interior Stewart Udall and a U.S.
senator—the restaurant on MacArthur
Boulevard in Potomac became known
for its snobbishness. Reges, a Macedonian immigrant who ran the inn from
1957 until her death in 2005, was outraged that the rain-drenched hikers
OLD ANGLER’S INN
Old Angler’s Inn, which serves
American cuisine with a modern
twist, is within sight of the
Potomac River. Some members
of the kitchen staff have worked
at the restaurant for 30 years.