Joining Clyde’s Restaurant Group in the fall of 2016, former Co-Founder, President and CEO of the privately-held chain, Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, John McDonnell, has brought a record of success with him. As a results-driven Business Management Executive with the ability to lead teams using effective operational strategies while also exhibiting an unwavering commitment to excellence, John’s unique expertise makes him a valuable part of the Clyde’s family.
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining Clyde's in 1995, Jeff practiced as a CPA with Arthur Andersen for 10 years. Forging win-win arrangements with our business partners and guiding our management team to improve performance makes him a seasoned asset to the company's organizational growth and stability. A graduate of Penn State University, Jeff is a frequent industry advocate before state legislators serving as Chairman of the Restaurant Association of Maryland and a member of the DC CFO's Economic Advisory Council.
Since joining Clyde's in 1983, Tom Meyer has made a career out of fine-tuning the great American saloon menu and over the years has assumed responsibility for all aspects of Clyde's Restaurant Group's operations and strategic alliances. His creativity, solid food sense, and unique instincts for customer experiences have made him invaluable to the growth of the company as he sees every new project as an opportunity to rethink and reinvent an experience of Clyde's Restaurant Group.
Stuart Carleton Davidson
Stuart Carleton Davidson led an extraordinary life that prepared him well to launch and preside over what has become one of the nation's most successful and popular restaurant companies. On August 12, 1963, Davidson opened Clyde's of Georgetown because, as he said, Washington "lacked a good saloon." Davidson opened the first Clyde's as "An American Bar" (not a pub or bistro). Davidson summed up his philosophy succinctly by saying "It's more fun to eat in a bar than drink in a restaurant." Before embarking on a career as a restaurateur, he was an investment banker with Kidder Peabody and Wertheim & Co. A man of distinguished education, he was a cultivated patron of literature and arts who spoke several languages and was a walking treasury of quotations, poems, and songs perfectly memorized and delivered with gusto. Educated at St. Albans School, Harvard College, and Harvard Business School, Davidson was a polished scholar and enthusiastic outdoorsman.
What was intended to be a part-time job for this ambitious, young visionary turned into a job that would become a life-long career. John Laytham was the inspiration behind Clyde's of Georgetown's famous Sunday brunch and the driving force behind Clyde's F&B operation, exceptional customer service and creative genius. Despite the vulnerability of the restaurant industry, Laytham's impressive pedigree is built around the success of CRG's 14 properties throughout the last half-century.