Chris Cooley’s tribute to Teddy Roosevelt

June 17, 2013

Teddy and the Bully Bar, restaurateur Alan Popovsky's tribute to America's 26th president, is filled with nods to Theodore Roosevelt, including sconces styled to look like hunting rifles and a chandelier made of monocles. But the most intriguing items might be the easiest to overlook. Shelves across from the bar are lined with pitchers, mugs and flasks decorated with portraits of the Rough Rider. "Chris Cooley made those," Popovsky said.


These pots and the jug for "Teddy's Whiskey" were created by former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

The former Redskins tight end and noted potter is friends with artist Maggie O'Neil, who designed the interiors of Teddy and sister restaurant Lincoln. He created all the pottery for Teddy, as well as a sculpture of a bull that will be hung before Teddy opens its doors to the public on June 24. Roosevelt was a light drinker, and eventually favored Prohibition, but the flasks and jugs are pretty cool. Unfortunately, customers won't receive their drinks in a corked "Teddy's Whiskey" jug; they're merely decorative.


Theodore Roosevelt was a light drinker and eventually favored Prohibition, but this flask is still pretty cool. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)
Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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