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Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 08/16/2011

Get a glimpse of the expanded Hank’s

The main entrance now goes through the bar, which features a 17-foot glass atrium ceiling. (By Justin Rude/The Washington Post)
This evening, Dupont Circle favorite Hank’s Oyster Bar is unveiling its new expansion. After nine months of construction, the 6-year-old restaurant is adding new bar and lounge spaces as well as a private dining room and much expanded patio. In addition to more space, Hank’s is also expanding its hours, serving food at the bar until 1 a.m. on weeknights and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tonight, staring at 5 p.m., the restaurant is rewarding its guests with the first chance to tatse the new Hayden's Reef Oyster. The oysters, which were developed in collaboration with oyster farmer Bruce Wood in Montross, Va., were pulled from the water yesterday afternoon, and are ready for their first moment in the spotlight along with the rest of the new additions at Hank’s.

The new bar features ten draft beers and a menu of bar snacks that are available late. (By Justin Rude/The Washington Post)

A lounge space adjoining the new bar features plush banquettes and a romantic ambience. (By Justin Rude/The Washington Post)

A mezzanine space expands the bar area and serves as a the cooking and staging area for the bar food. (By Justin Rude/The Washington Post)

A new private dining room above the mezzanine bar has seating for 24. (By Justin Rude/The Washington Post)

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