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Alan Popovsky salutes another U.S. president with Teddy & the Bully Bar in downtown Washington


Theodore Roosevelt is the namesake for entrepreneur Alan Popovsky's latest POTUS-themed establishment. (Maggie O'Neill/O’Neill Studios )

Teddy Roosevelt is the next commander in chief to have a restaurant built in his honor. Expected to open around the presidential inauguration in January, Teddy & the Bully Bar will move into the former Sam & Harry’s steak house at 1200 19th St. NW. By sheer coincidence, the 220-seat project is across the street from a building where Roosevelt lived when he served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. “Good karma,” figures Popovsky, who chose the next theme partially based on Roosevelt’s “progressive” leadership.

 As at Lincoln, small plates will rule at Teddy. In a nod to the 26th president of the United States, an avid hunter, wild game dishes — venison, bison, rabbit — will be incorporated into the menu. No chef has been named.

 Interior designer Maggie O’Neill , who made a splash at Lincoln with penny-paved flooring, has been recruited to whip up a suitable look for the new 8,400-square-foot restaurant. Tapping into Roosevelt’s interest in nature, she plans to feature “faux taxidermy” on one wall, a diorama of an Aspen forest, “lots of textures” (think leather, stone and wood) and the president’s favorite color, a pale blue-gray. Says the artist, “I’m in love with a new dead president!” 

Construction is expected to begin next month.  

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