Monika Proffitt and Clay Roach Owners, the Living Room
1355 E Olive Way, 708-6021
So you're co-owners of Capitol Hill's new art-gallery-turned-bar the Living Room. How did you two meet?
Monika Proffitt: I met Clay while creating a temporary art installation on Broadway. During the project, all I could think was, "You're amazing. I have a crush on you!" We started dating and eventually he said, "Let's open a bar!"
Clay Roach: We were clearly drunk.
Is the bar styled after your childhood living room?
CR: It's inspired by a fictional but incredibly cool person's living room.
MP: It's more inspired by Clay's living room. I moved around a lot as a kid. I've never understood how people stay in one house for their entire life.
What's your favorite drink to make?
MP: I used to hate muddling, but I recently realized no drink is that good without a good muddle. I especially like muddling drinks with cherries.
Do you see bartenders as consolers, analysts, or warm, peppy friends?
MP: I think of myself as the warm, peppy friend. Sure, I can very easily ruin my own night and treat it like it's a boring job, but I'm too hungry for conversations.
This jazz music is making me want to whisper something sultry to you.
CR: That is good.
MP: We really want our customers to fall in love with each other.