Meet Chef John-Gustin Birkitt

John-Gustin Birkitt was born in Leesburg, Virginia…

and began life with an early interest in food. He was fortunate to spend a few summers in Europe which peaked his curiosity of the epicurean world.

John-Gustin studied at the New England Culinary Institute and moved out to Napa Valley, CA, where he worked at Bouchon, Domaine Chandon, and Brix Restaurant. Working under a number of different chefs, he quickly rose from oyster station to chef de cuisine.

In 2003 an opportunity arose to live and work in France. Sad to leave Brix but eager for France, John-Gustin and his wife, Marny, set out to tour, live and work in France. Achieving all three, they ended up in Southern Provençe on the Mediterranean.

Upon returning to the States they decided to stay on the East Coast, closer to family and friends and pursue something of their own. While considering their options, John-Gustin and Marny met David and Cricket MacDonald, who were interested in collaborating with a husband and wife team on a joint business venture. John-Gustin and Marny were asked if they had ever considered owning their own restaurant.

…and so began French Hound Brasserie.



  • Not a single issue with this fabulous eatery in leesburg. Service was perfect, the food was delightful and the atmosphere was excellent.
    If you haven’t been, go.

    Ken C., Facebook

  • My husband and I finally made it in for lunch yesterday and it was amazing! We’re SO excited to have this restaurant in our neighborhood and look forward to your long term success!

    Keren J., Facebook

  • Sabrina was the nicest most attentive bartender we’ve had in a long time. We really enjoyed her. The food is wonderful and the atomsphere is fabulous.

    Cristie P., Facebook

  • The staff were genuinely welcoming regardless of whether they waited on us, or not. Cindy was attentive, friendly, and efficient.The food is outstanding, and absolutely scrumptious. Highly recommend!

    Terry L., Yelp

  • We used to dine at the Hound in Middleburg and finally got to try John’s new digs in Leesburg. Everything we had (gaspacho, escargots, pork flat iron, lobster risotto) was absolutely delicious. I liked the decor. Not as romantic as the old school house setting in Middleburg but quite nicely done for a brasserie atmosphere… and great bar!
    Warm, personal welcome back from the chef and very efficient and friendly staff.
    All in all a great restaurant for quality food outing!

    Michele C., Yelp

  • I’ve been here twice for lunch and both times had fantastic food and service. Had the pizza special today and it was amazing! Butter chive sauce was delicious!!!

    Stacey H., Yelp