Tom Brown is bringing Hogo back for the summer, and maybe even longer starting May 31 on the second floor of The Passenger in Shaw. The tiki bar known for its flaming volcano bowls and good vibes closed in 2014 as a part of the same development changes that forced out the original locations of The Passenger and Columbia Room.
“What I’m planning on doing is popping up for the summer, and then we’ll see what happens,” Brown explains. “I kind of missed it, so it might be a pop-up or it might stick around.”
He’s currently dusting off all of the volcano bowls sitting in his living room. Shared drinks, something Brown’s long been passionate about, will be a big part of the menu, including a tiki drink for two served in a pineapple.
“We’re also going to do a drink called the PPK, our way of saying painkiller without getting in trouble,” Brown says. “We do it with rye whiskey, but you can one, two, or three shots.”
Hogo won’t just be slinging tiki drinks. “We’re doing the whole thing,” Brown says. That means food too such as poke bowls, spam musubi, and loco moco. “It’s our version of an exotic diner,” Brown continues. “We don’t want to say Hawaiian diner because it’s not exactly that.”
One reason the new Hogo will feel like the old Hogo is because there’s some continuity. Bartender Mick Perrigo, who built the drink list at the original tiki bar, is currently crafting the drinks for the new menu.
The Passenger/Hogo, 1539 7th St. NW; (202) 853-3588; passengerdc.com