Adria started in the restaurant business serving root beer floats at A&W and running the drive-thru at McDonald’s in the suburbs of Baltimore. Then, after college, a fledgling actress and writer, she found herself in New York City, taking reservations, then coats, then cocktail and finally dinner orders at The River Cafe under the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn Heights. After some cinematic success and some stays at other New York stand-bys, she made her way to Los Angeles and did a lengthy stint at Campanile Restaurant (where she met her business partner, Claudio Blotta). They opened barbrix restaurant in 2009, Cooks County Restaurant in 2011, then teamed up with barbrix chef Don Dickman to open All’Acqua Restaurant in 2014, Market Provisions in 2015 and Côté Est in 2017. Even though her restaurant day-job turned into a successful career, she still balances her entertainment industry endeavors with roles in Academy Award-winning film and television, and has also garnered multiple awards as a filmmaker.