Some in our fair community would say that this is not a reopening.
To quote resident curmudgeon Tim Krepp, this is “a Hawk ‘n’ Dove-themed bar.” Perhaps it’s not even that: the new Hawk ‘n’ Dove, brought to us all by Xavier Cervera of Senart’s, the Chesapeake Room, and many others, doesn’t have much left of the original establishment except for the name and, as a patron noted at the soft opening that took place Tuesday, January 15, a few of the deer heads and other memorabilia from the old Capitol Hill favorite, which closed back in September of 2011. When we asked Cervera why he took such a radical departure from the look and feel of the old Capitol Hill haunt, he cited the terrible structural shape the building was in, after many years of neglect. The original floorplan –which was actually two three-story lots joined together– was dark and cramped, according to Cervera, and the open floorplan allowed for better airflow and light.
The sign, one of the few staples, was commissioned by the original owners back in 1967 for about $250. In order for Cervera to get it into the new place, he engaged in a bidding war that resulted in a price tag of $7500. Overall, the renovation of the place cost over $2 million. Here are a few photographs to give you an idea of how the space is laid out.
Cervera’s next opening, Park Tavern, has been slowed down by permits — other than that, he says, “the place is ready to go.” He estimates that the opening date should be about one month away, still in time for catching the tail end of skating at Canal Park.
Regarding the buyout offer that was made for all nine restaurants by a Boston group, for around $22 million, Cervera demurs. “I am still considering the offer,” he smiles.