One of the most anticipated renovations on Capitol Hill is finally finished. The Hawk & Dove, closed since October 2011, will reopen to the public Thursday at 5 p.m. If you were a fan of the old Hawk -- the warren of small rooms on two floors, the damp and musty smell, pitchers of beer priced for an intern's budget -- then you won't recognize the place.
The Hawk and Dove's wide-open dining room features a view into the kitchen and a place of pride for the bar's original sign. (Fritz Hahn/The Post)
Xavier Cervera, the owner of six nearby bars, including Molly Malone's, the Chesapeake Room and Boxcar Tavern, has turned the rambling 1967 saloon into a wide-open room with 18-foot ceilings, a 40-foot bar and sets of French windows that open onto Pennsylvania Avenue. A long mezzanine upstairs adds additional seats, another bar, and a raised lounge area with a working fireplace. (It can also be turned into a stage for live music.)
Chef Jeremy Magnanelli of Senart's will be cooking flatbreads and sandwiches in a wood-burning oven, and the bar has 18 beers on tap, including locals Chocolate City, Lost Rhino and Flying Dog.
This sounds like a lot of change, but regulars from the old place will welcome the sight of Hawk & Dove fixture Paul Meagher, who will be behind the bar Monday through Wednesday and also working at Sunday brunch.
Once you've been, be sure to tell us what you think in the comments.
The bar, like at most of Xavier Cervera's joints, is 30-inches wide. Cervera thinks this makes it easier for people to eat at the bar. The Hawk & Dove's collection of duck decoys is displayed on the back bar. (Fritz Hahn/The Post) Two sets of stairs lead from the dining room to the mezzanine bar and lounge. (Fritz Hahn/The Post) New political art joins decorative signs and paintings from the old Hawk & Dove. One of the additions: a painting of the "Republican stampede" in the dining room. It's matched by a painting of stampeding donkeys, Bill Clinton and Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Fritz Hahn/The Post) The upstairs lounge at the Hawk and Dove has its own bar and seating areas. The raised platform at the far end has a working fireplace and can be turned into a stage for live music. (Fritz Hahn/The Post) Expect the upstairs lounge to become a popular spot for happy hours and private parties. (Fritz Hahn/The Post)
Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.