Hawk & Dove

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Editorial Review

Hawk & Dove searches for an identity in its second life

Once you get past the salads and starters, the kitchen begins to reveal its flaws.

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.

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.

-- Fritz Hahn (Jan. 15, 2013)