DC Restauranteur Alan Popovsky to Launch 'Teddy & the Bully Bar'

Theodore Roosevelt and Victoria Michael
Theodore Roosevelt and Victoria Michael

Popovsky is expanding his Presidential brand, with a chain of presidentially themed restaurants.

Teddy & the Bully Bar is expected to open around the presidential inauguration in January, In Sam & Harry’s steak house’s former location at 1200 19th St. NW in Dupont Circle.

The 220-seat project sits across the street from where Roosevelt lived when he was Assistant Secretary of the Navy. “Good karma,” figures Popovsky, who chose the next theme partially based on Roosevelt’s “progressive” leadership.

Our darling Camelia Mazard with restauranteur Alan Popovsky
Our darling Camelia Mazard with restauranteur Alan Popovsky

[Abraham] Lincoln, the 16th U.S. president, has been good to Lincoln [Restaurant], says owner Alan Popovsky. So to extend the brand, he’s formed the Presidential Restaurant Group.

Popovsky tells Eater that he’s definitely planning a JFK concept, and Thomas Jefferson. These would be in either DC or Philadelphia and the plan is to open a presidential restaurant every two years or so.

Lincoln Restaurant at 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, serves small plates. To honor the 26th president of the United States, all kinds of T.R. related kitsch (wild game) will be incorporated in the menu.

Abraham Lincoln serves our Victoria Michael at Lincoln Restaurant
Abraham Lincoln serves our Victoria Michael at Lincoln Restaurant

Interior designer Maggie O’Neill, created a huge sensation with the penny-paved flooring at Lincoln, has been recruited once again. O’Neill is tapping into The Trust Buster’s interest in nature. The new 8,400-square-foot restaurant will 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!” 

1200 19th St. NW at 19th & M Streets
1200 19th St. NW at 19th & M Streets

Alan Popovsky also owns Hudson Restaurant, located in DC‘s hot Westend neighborhood.

No chef has been chosen yet. Construction is expected to begin this month.

1200 19th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

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