Executive Chef Ethan McKee Trained in classic French and Italian culinary techniques and acclaimed for his healthful menus, Executive Chef Ethan McKee imbues Urbana's light, fresh dishes with indulgent flavor inspired by the Italian coast and beyond. At a young age, the Texas native moved to Northern Virginia, and thanks to his mother's various roles in the restaurant business, the kitchen became a second home to him.
He ultimately carried on the culinary tradition by enrolling at Gaithersburg's L'Academie de Cuisine. With more than 15 years of experience, McKee has helmed multiple kitchens, including several recognized among the "100 Very Best Restaurants" by Washingtonian magazine. Early in his career, McKee worked alongside James Beard-nominated Chef Todd Gray at Equinox Restaurant, where he worked his way up from line cook to Chef de Cuisine. More recently, he led the kitchens at Rock Creek at Mazza — where he developed a talent for creating flavorful, healthful fare — and at Foggy Bottom's Circle Bistro.
Andrea Tateosian's (Drea), Head Bartender, entry into the hospitality arena began, like many others, as she was working her way through college. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Business from Northeastern University in Boston, she came to DC with the goal of working in international business. She began her bartending career in DC at the acclaimed U Street speakeasy The Gibson while applying for jobs in finance.
She split her time between The Gibson and a full-time position in anti-money laundering for four years before a transformative experience at Tales of the Cocktail steered her to pursue her passion for hospitality full time.
Drea’s approach to mixology is experiential, often drawing inspiration from everyday life. She enjoys experimenting most with fortified wines like quinquinas, vermouths, and other low-proof liquors that tend to be overlooked in favor of more familiar spirits. By making obscure ingredients like these more accessible, Drea brings excitement back to craft cocktails and elevates the overall bar experience at Urbana’s Italian-leaning bar program.
When Drea is not mixing up Italian-inspired libations at Urbana, you can find her reading, lip-syncing to 90’s ballads, and riding her bike to different area bars.