Posts Tagged ‘Tom Brown’

How Natty Boh and a Shot of Old Overholt Became the D.C. Industry Drink of Choice

Bar owner Derek Brown isn’t even sure they still make the stuff, but sitting at the bar at Old Ebbitt Grill on Monday night, he asks anyway: “We’ll take two shots of Irish Mist.” “OK. Chilled or unchilled?” the bartender replies. Brown expected the guy to laugh in his face—the way an Apple Store employee […]

Hogo Closes After This Weekend

Say farewell to cocktails in pineapples, elaborate scorpion bowls, and all that rum. Tiki-nuevo bar Hogo will close after this Saturday. Douglas Development plans to construct a new office building on the block, which will eventually force The Passenger and other businesses out, too. But Hogo isn't going anywhere without a giant goodbye bash. Stop by from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday for […]

Spirit Animals: New Bars Are Diving Deep on Rakia, Mezcal, and Absinthe. What Are They Drinking?

The bartender at Adams Morgan’s Libertine slides the absinthe fountain in front of us, opening the faux-silver spigot and letting out a slow drip. The water falls on a slotted spoon of brown sugar, dissolving it into a curvy glass of French Absinthe Blanchette—one of more than 30 varieties of the anise-flavored spirit on the […]

Hogo Looks to Add Permanent Menu to Match Its “Tiki Nuevo” Cocktails

Since Hogo opened in Shaw last December, the rum bar has hosted a number of guest chefs cooking everything from Jewish deli food to Scandinavian fare to modern American. But owner Tom Brown is looking to put the brakes on the rotating kitchen and switch to a fixed menu later this fall. "I'd like to continue […]

Hogo Begins Serving Jewish Deli Fare Tonight

Goodbye Hawaiian diner, hello Jewish deli. Hogo's new guest chef, Renee Peres, begins serving white fish and brisket sandwiches at the rum bar tonight. Peres works in real estate but has hosted a number of Jewish deli food pop-ups around town over the past year. She says her grandfather owned a grocery store in southeast […]

Freezing? Try Hogo’s Loggerhead-Heated Rum Flip

This cold weather calls for a super hot drink. And there is none hotter than Hogo's Rum Flip, which is heated with a long metal rod known as a loggerhead. The $12 colonial-inspired cocktail is made with 3 Stars Brewing Company's Pandemic Porter, a brown sugar simple syrup, and Batavia Arrack rum, which is distilled in […]

The Tiki Gods Have Hogo’s Back

Opening a restaurant can be a very spiritual business. Some people bring in priests or Buddhist lamas, while others use candles and crystals. At Hogo, a Tiki god watches over. Tom Brown, co-owner of the restaurant and rum bar opening at 5 p.m. tonight at 1017 7th St. NW, says he can be a superstitious […]

The Passenger Owners to Open Rum Bar and Restaurant Called Hogo

It's no secret that The Passenger co-owner Tom Brown loves the beach. After all, he shipped in 70 tons of sand for New York Avenue Beach Bar and has turned Tiki Tuesday into one of The Passenger's most popular nights. Hogo, his new spot coming to 1017 7th St. NW, will also have an island […]

70 Tons of Sand at New York Avenue Beach Bar

Too lazy to make it to the beach this weekend? It's ok, the beach is coming to you. What started as a joke between The Passenger co-owner and bartender Tom Brown and his buddies about bringing the beach to the city has now become a 70-ton pit of sand off New York Avenue with daiquiris, […]

Dog Days: Is the District Witnessing the Early Stages of a Hot Dog Boom?

The last time someone tried to make hot dogs a culinary star in the District, it didn’t take. Amsterdam Falafelshop owners Scott and Arianne Bennett thought they had another hit when they opened M’Dawg Haute Dogs in 2007 on 18th Street NW across from their popular chick pea–and–frites place. Foodies were talking about it, and […]