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.
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.