5 Things We Learned About: Roofers Union

By Rina Rapuano  |  February 11, 2014

Roofers Union, the new Adams Morgan restaurant by the folks behind Ripple, soft opened over the weekend and officially opens tonight. Here are a few fun details we learned to whet your appetite for opening night:

1. Bread basket case: Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s team baked more than 1,000 pretzel rolls - for research purposes and mock services - before ever serving a paying customer.

2. Like what you taste? Bake it yourself: Newly minted Ripple and Roofers Union pastry chef Vanessa Ochotorena shares details about her sugary experiments - and recipes - on her blog, Sweet Lab. She’s also rumored to love heavy metal.

3. Acquired tastes: Bar manager Josh Fatemi, who plays piano and guitar, names his cocktails after his favorite songs. His preferred cocktail on the opening menu is the Alligator Wine - although he admits that the boozy gin drink isn’t catching on with bar-goers quite yet.

4. What's in a name? The restaurant's moniker was inspired by its well-known roof, where many Washingtonians enjoyed the view when it was The Reef. “Union” was added to reflect the sense of community the owners hope to foster in Adams Morgan.

5. Order up: Meek-Bradley thinks the trotter arancini and the po’ boy with veal sweetbreads will be the top sellers at this new spot. (Other menu items include a fried chicken thigh with Sriracha honey and an andouille corn dog with Cheddar “whiz.”)

The restaurant opens daily at 5 PM.

2446 18th St. NW; 202-232-7663