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Last call at Hawk ‘n’ Dove this Sunday

Hawk ‘n’ Dove on Pennsylvania Avenue SE. (Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post)

Owner Stuart Long announced the closure of the beloved 44-year-old saloon in August after learning that a rival bar owner had taken over the building’s lease.

That rival happens to be Xavier Cervera — dubbed “the king of Barracks Row” by the Post’s Going Out Gurus.

Cervera is the man behind Molly Malone’s, the Chesapeake Room, Senart’s Oyster and Chop House, Lola’s and the soon-to-open Pacifico and Boxcar in Eastern Market.

Cervera is expected to take over the Hawk ‘n’ Dove space in mid-October, when he plans a full-scale renovation of the bar’s interior and an overhaul of its menu. Think “upscale saloon” in place of the budget-friendly happy hours Hawk ‘n’ Dove has long been known for.

After Oct. 2, Hawk ‘n’ Dove is expected to be closed for approximately five months until the overhaul is complete.

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