In colonial days, ‘ordinaries’ served as gathering places for townspeople, which is exactly what we aim to be (with some essential modern upgrades, of course).
So come, gather, eat, share, and learn with us here at Figg’s!
Figg’s is guided by a commitment to our local community. Whether that be downtown Chestertown, Kent County, the Eastern Shore, Maryland, or the greater Mid-Atlantic, we are committed to serving and uplifting our community. Through the foods we prepare to nourish our neighbors, the nearby farmers we go to for locally-grown, seasonal ingredients, and sustainable business practices we employ, our first priority is our community.
Figg’s is working towards becoming a Zero-Waste business, and has already taken many steps to get there. We currently compost all food scraps, use compostable to-go containers, paper straws, and encourage all of our customers to bring their own containers when they are dining on the go. We source nearly all of our ingredients from local farmers and producers, and our dining-ware was made by local potter Marilee Schumann.
“Ordinaries” provided a communal table around which travelers, politicians, and townspeople could share a meal and pause for conversation in the days of Colonial America.
Chestertown, a colonial town founded in 1706, maintains its historic charm while also adapting to modern life. The name Ordinary is particularly fitting as a colonial term for tavern, a place offering food and drinks. We thought we would recall this colonial use of the word as we welcome visitors and residents!
We hope that Figg’s Ordinary’s downtown Chestertown location, in the heart of the historic district, provides the space for the same type of gatherings had in colonial Ordinaries; a central location with food and drinks for friends to take a quiet moment out of their day for meaningful conversations.