We had the opportunity to talk with Dan Simons, Founder and Co-Owner of Farmers Restaurant Group. Dan shared with us his entrepreneurial and personal wellness journey as well as how he has pivoted his business during unprecedented times. He spoke about how throughout his life he turned adversity into resiliency and continuing to have an optimistic mindset helped him move through challenges. Dan is very open about his mental wellness and instills transparency throughout his company and encourages a healthy lifestyle for all of his employees.


Dan Simons, Founder and Co-Owner, Farmers Restaurant Group

The Farmers Restaurant Group story began in 2005 when the members of North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU ) began looking for ways to bring their products directly to consumers. They were interested in developing a restaurant where guests could have access to, and benefit from, food grown, raised, and harvested on American family farms. Where the foundation of the restaurant is rooted in the notion that family farming was, and remains, essential to our nation’s well-being.

NDFU partnered with two of Washington, D.C.’s most dynamic restaurateurs, Michael Vucurevich and Dan Simons of VSAG, and with that… Farmers Restaurant Group opened the first of our successful restaurants, Founding Farmers DC in 2008.

Team Wellness:
Taking Personal Time and the “Farm” Therapist.

Personal Wellness:
Meditation, Breath Work, and Reading.