The story of Valor Brewpub is in the background of people who made it a reality. A long dream to create a space to celebrate those who have served and where community can come together, enjoy good food, drinks and atmosphere and do it all for a good cause. Here are our main guys.
One could say this is a story about an owner wanting to honor the service of his father and grandfather. For Gaynor, owner of the District Restaurant Group, it has been about giving back to a community that has impacted his life personally and professionally. Gaynor now owns three restaurants in Washington DC that cater to military clientele and/or honor the memory of his family who have served. On Barracks Row, the Ugly Mug has been a centerpiece of the military community for almost 15 years and in Upper Northwest Jake’s American Grille serves as a tribute to his grandfather Edwin “Jake” Jablonski who was in the Navy. Now with Valor an almost two decade long dream has become a reality creating a space for veterans to build community and a place to honor those who have served.
Robert grew up surfing the eastern coast of Florida and traded his surf board for a level when he opened up
his own construction company in Washington DC. As a Washington DC resident, the son and sibling of veterans, and the child of first generation Italian immigrants, Robert loves this city, has a deep respect for those who have served, and lingers over the warm memories of his Italian Grandmothers cooking. As such, he’s long dreamed of owning a restaurant and Valor was the perfect fit. When he isn’t eyeing construction details and honoring his Dads service in World War II Robert is busy racing cars, and stealing as much time near the water as he can. Valor is his first restaurant endeavor.
A native of Jefferson City, Missouri and as he puts it “the show me state and best damn state there is” Chad began his military career as a member of the Army ROTC program at the University of Missouri. In 1991, he graduated and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army as an aviator. In over 20 years of active duty service, he was stationed in Alabama, Texas, Delaware, Washington, DC, and Germany while also seeing combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now a DC resident, Chad sees this as an opportunity to open up a brewpub which always been a dream. He believes his service in the Army was his calling, being a veteran is an honor, and that helping other veterans is his duty.