From left: Stuart Long, Bill Birgfeld, Richard Long and Chris Kalivas eat lunch at the Tune Inn today when it reopened after being closed since June due to a kitchen fire. Stuart Long is the former owner of the Hawk 'n' Dove, which he recently sold.
As Lane talked with another Tune Inn regular, James Forward, the two went back and forth sharing the memories that the bar holds: the cancer fundraisers that have been held here, the many meals they’ve eaten here, the staff they have seen come and go.
They then pointed out the familiar faces serving up drinks and food, including some staffers who came over from the old Hawk ’n’ Dove.
“We’re all home again,” Lane said.
Just a couple of seats down was a Capitol staffer, downing his National Bohemian and waiting for his burger and fries to arrive.
He skipped work today to make sure he didn’t miss the Tune Inn’s reopening. The bar has been his favorite since he started working on the Hill a few years ago.
“I’ll be here all day, probably,” he said. “There’s no replacement for this place.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.