Save the Tabard

Help Employees Save the DC Institution - The Tabard Inn!
Small Business
Washington, District of Columbia
United States
11 Team Members


We need to cover ourselves so please ensure you’ve read about our goal and understand that your donation (less Indiegogo fees) and validity of your perk are contingent on us securing majority ownership of the Tabard.

What's the Tabard Inn Employee Committee?

The Tabard Inn Employee Committee is comprised of current and former employees, and even some patrons who are concerned about the future of the Tabard.  We've come together to save the Tabard by growing employee ownership to keep Tabard in the hands of those who know it and love it.

How Will Contributions Help Save the Tabard?

Tabard Inn Employee Committee believes the Tabard belongs in the hands of those who know it and love it.  To preserve the Tabard and promote its continued success, we seek to grow employee ownership for 30% to a majority.
To grow employee ownership requires resources. We need your help.

Sounds a Bit Complicated. How Exactly Will This Work?

Our goal is to raise funds to increase employee ownership to protect the Tabard.  If we are unable to grow that ownership to secure a safe majority ownership, we will return your donations less Indiegogo fees, which could range between 4%-9%.  Also, keep in mind, the perk you receive for your contribution will only be valid and honored if we secure majority ownership.   If we are unable to secure majority ownership, your perk will not be valid.

If we are successful in our attempts to secure majority ownership, we ask for your patience.  We estimate that we will need up to 1 year after securing ownership to fulfill your perk, or begin fulfilling perks that are realized over time.

We know the next year could very well include a lot of extra work, but we're ready and excited to have you join our campaign to save the Tabard.  We can’t accomplish this without you!

Amazing Perks. It Almost Feels Like I'm Getting the Deal!

Well, let’s just say we consider this a mutually beneficial relationship; we love you and we hope you love us.  While trying to remember this is a fundraiser, we’ve tried our best to be fair and offer unique perks that express our gratitude.

We want to give you the world, but Indiegogo only allows us 20 perks at a time.  We've got plenty more ideas and offerings so if you're desiring something that isn't on the list, e-mail us at and we'll try to figure something out.

For now, here are just a few of the incentives you could receive:

* A commemorative Rooms of the Tabard print.  This print will feature one photo from each of Tabard's 38 uniquely designed rooms. Photos will be taken by an Architectural Digest photographer.

* Personally designed cocktail on Tabard's cocktail menu for one year with a special recognition.  Please keep the names classy!

* 1 year membership to Tabard's Chef's Table, Salon Series, or Wine Club.

* Ink a Tabard employee with the Save the Tabard Logo

* Penthouse for a romantic weekend getaway.

* Private Tabard dinner party at your home.

* Tabard wedding or renewal of vows ceremony and reception.

As these and other perk categories are snatched up, we’ll be adding more!  Remember, we only retain your contribution, less Indiegogo fees and you only get your perk if we succeed in securing majority ownership.

Why is the Tabard Worth Saving?

Customers often share their personal stories of how they came to love Tabard.  Each time, it just reinforces what we believe - that Tabard is a special place. It's the perfect mix of character and class, perfection and experimentation, and comfort and edge. But that didn't happen by accident.

While valuing and empowering employees, the Tabard philosophy has always put the customer first. As a result, employees constantly collaborate looking for ways to improve the Tabard. We learn, teach, experiment, share and challenge one another.  In the end, customers benefit from an even better Tabard experience.

We know we're a little different. We like to think that's part of our charm.  No televisions in our hotel rooms.  Real books on our bookshelves. Thought-provoking artwork adorn our walls. We’ve always prided ourselves on our diverse and talented staff.  Generations of families are employed at the Tabard. If it feels like a family, that's because we are a family.

Tabard doesn't suppress character; it encourages expression.  No matter your background, your vestures, or your beliefs, the Tabard welcomes you.

We believe shareholders and employees aren't the only ones who have invested in the Tabard.  We know our patrons love the Tabard; some of you have been visiting us for over thirty years.  Now, that's an investment!  We realize when you choose the Tabard that you are contributing toward our success.  That is why we express our gratitude after you've shown your patronage.

Devoted employees and loyal patrons have made the Tabard a DC institution.

Other Ways You Can Help

We realize not everyone is in a position to donate, but even small donations help.  We will do our best to recognize all who have contributed - big and small.

There are other ways you can help!!

  • Visit. Please support the employees and the Tabard through your patronage during this difficult time. Feel free to give the employees a few words of encouragement!  We could use a little love!
  • Spread the word. Use the Indiegogo share tools to pass this along to a friend.  We sure would appreciate it.

Save the Tabard Support Party

For those in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area be sure to stay tuned for details on our Save the Tabard Support Party!


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This campaign ended on August 15, 2013
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  • $25USD
    Sounds of Tabard

    Tabard originals- Barkeep Extraordinaire Chaim Rubenstein -"Rube", Sinbrand new albums; "Afging Server Shannon Carey - "Luray", and Hotel Hero Jared Wilayto of "Hatfield McCoy" will offer you exclusive downloads of their ter the Fire" by Rube, "straight forward rock and roll heaven" (released 2/9/13) and "The Wilder" by Luray, "banjo-driven, dreamy indie folk" (set to release 8/27/13) and "Western Skies" by Hatfield McCoy, "perfectly classic blend of blues, rock and americana (released 4/28/13).

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  • $75USD
    The Tabard Inn Sketch Print

    Limited edition Tabard Inn sketch print. Our very own sketch artist Tim Burt will draw a classic black on white sketch of the Tabard Inn building. Don't be surprised if there's a bit of our Tabardesque character included. While you may recognize Tim Burt as one of the creative geniuses behind the Tabard bar, his creativity spills onto just about everything from a cocktail napkin to a receipt slip.

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  • $125USD
    1 Hour with Tabard Designer

    Having trouble figuring out the right place for that family heirloom? Have DC's small and strange spaces forced you to throw your design talents out the window? Let Tabard's Design & Project Manager, Irene Mayer, visit your space for 1 hour and help you make the most of it. Sites must be in Washington, DC or within 20 miles.

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  • $300USD
    "Rooms of the Tabard" Print

    Always wanted to peak into the Tabard's hotel rooms? Now you can display Tabard's charm and character at home with a "Rooms of the Tabard" Print. "Rooms of the Tabard" will feature one photo from each of the Tabard's 38 uniquely designed hotel rooms. Photos will be taken by Attic Fire Photography's Eric Prine who's work has been published in Architectural Digest.

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  • $500USD
    Tabard Monthly Recipe Club

    Each month for 1 year you'll receive a recipe from the bar, another from the pastry kitchen, and still another from our main kitchen. Nationally recognized mixologists will send you seasonally appropriate cocktail recipes. Expect secret recipes to some of Tabard's most mouthwatering deserts and pastries. Tabard's kitchen will hand over protected recipes of our most classic dishes.

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  • $600USD
    Reserved Lounge & Patio Space

    Our policy has never allowed it, but we're getting a little crazy! Always wanted to secure prime setting in front of the fireplace? Love having cocktails on the patio, but find the first three tables are always occupied? This package gives you four reservations for 6 people in our lounge or patio. Space will be reserved for an entire evening. Not just that, but we'll even reserve it on a weekend night! *Dates determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

    1 out of 20 claimed
  • $800USD
    Tabard Wine Tasting Club

    Shh! We're going to tell you a secret! The Tabard has an importer's license. You know what that means? It allows us to partner with small vineyards to bring you rare wines. Sip, swirl, and explore the world of wine on the 1st Monday of every month for 1 year. Each class will feature tastes of 5-6 wines. Our wine connoisseurs will teach you everything you need and want to know. Plus, you'll get to meet some new faces. Who knows who you'll be sipping Pelaverga with...

    1 out of 40 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Personalized Tabard Cocktail

    Consult with one of our award-winning bartenders to design your own personalized cocktail catered to your taste. Once we've created the right mix, we'll work with you to develop a catchy name. Finally, bring all your friends to order and sip your creation. Your cocktail will be printed on Tabard's cocktail menu with a special recognition for your contribution to the Save the Tabard campaign. Personalized cocktails will be printed on the menu for 1 year. Names have to possess some class.

    1 out of 4 claimed
  • $2,000USD
    Expert Wedding Coordination

    Need some help planning the big day? We've got just the gal. Our very own Special Events Manager & Wedding Director Erin Claxton will provide 20 hours of wedding consultation prior to your special day. She'll also give you complete attention and coordination on the day of your wedding so you won't have to worry about a thing. Available at off-site location in DC or within 20 miles.

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  • $3,000USD
    Tattoo a Tabard Employee

    Your contribution will be permanent. In ink. On someone's body. Tabard mixologist and DC famous chalk artist Patrick Owens, affectionately called Patso by his friends and regulars, will tattoo the Save the Tabard logo on his body.

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  • $4,000USD
    Tabard Salon Networking Series

    Think of the great salons of the Enlightenment. The Tabard invites the great and open minds, movers and shakers, decision-makers and message-shapers to join the Tabard Salon Series. Salons will cover a variety of topics and feature guest speakers sought to inspire participants. Each Salon will also give participants an opportunity to meet and network. The Salon will be held for 3 hours on the 3rd Tuesday of the every month for 1 year. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres included.

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  • $5,000USD
    Penthouse Weekend Getaway

    We've got your romantic getaway covered. Includes a 2-night weekend stay in our penthouse suite. Chilled champagne upon arrival and a $300 Tabard gift card. *Dates will be determined upon availability.

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  • $5,500USD
    Own a Step

    Tabard is full of nooks and crannies, staircases and hallways, hidden rooms and even hidden doors! Leading guests from the main floor up the steel staircase to the east row house, we notice their eyes widen just a little. It's the realization that Tabard constantly unfolds with new experiences around every corner and up every staircase. You can be part of that experience! Own one of those prominent steps and your name will be displayed in Tabardesque fashion for all to see!

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  • $6,000USD
    Seat at the Chef's Table

    Pull up a chair for a year's worth of the chef's table, or divide it up among friends! The chef's table will convene the 1st Thursday of the month for 1 year. Each gathering will include a 4 course dinner with wine and cocktail pairing. Tabard chefs will make extremely rare public appearances and discuss the dishes you devour.

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  • $7,500USD
    Private Dinner at Tabard

    Board Meeting? Birthday Dinner? No sweat! Reserved private space for 4 hours. Three course meal. Wine and beer included. Service included. Up to 20 guests. *Dates will be determined upon availability.

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  • $10,000USD
    Permanent Seat at the Bar

    Bar stools come and go, but, if you help us save the Tabard, then your name belongs on the permanent fixture - the bar. Have your name put into the bar at one of the 10 seat placements. Now, sadly, this doesn't give you the right to kick someone out of their seat, but it does allow you to say, "Hey, you’re sitting in my seat!" Don't expect some boring brass plate. We'll apply the Tabardesque design style to make sure your name gets the attention it deserves.

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  • $20,000USD
    Bring Tabard Home With You!

    Let us put on a private party in your home for you and 25 of your friends! Package includes a Tabard bartender, 2 servers/bussers, and one of our chefs. Bar will include wine, beer, and rail liquors. Menu to include passed hors d'oeuvres and a 3-course dinner. Service style (buffet, family or table) will be determined with the host. Plan for a 4-hour event. *Dates will be determined upon availability.

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  • $30,000USD
    Say I Do with a Tabard Wedding

    All wedding planning and coordination. Patio ceremony with ceremony guitarist. Three course dinner. Wedding cake. Open bar for 4 hours. Reception DJ. Centerpieces and personal flowers. Wedding favors. Service included. 6 hour event maximum. Up to 56 people. Or, maybe you and your loved one were married at the Tabard years ago and wish to renew your vows for that meaningful anniversary coming up. *Dates will be determined upon availability. May be used redeemed within 5 years.

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