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.”
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.