Say aloha again to res­ur­rected Hogo

The Washington Post - - NIGHTLIFE - BY FRITZ HAHN

The new­est con­cept from Pas­sen­ger owner Tom Brown and his tal­ented team in­cludes flam­ing scor­pion bowls, po­tent rum punches and smooth, smoky mez­cal cock­tails, plus belly-bust­ing Hawai­ian diner food, such as the moco loco — rice and gravy topped with a ham­burger and a fried egg — and sushi-style Spam musubi.

If that sounds fa­mil­iar, you might have been a cus­tomer at Hogo, the rum bar that once sat next to the orig­i­nal Pas­sen­ger lo­ca­tion near the con­ven­tion cen­ter. Brown is a big fan of rum drinks, but they haven’t fea­tured too promi­nently on the menus at his bar’s new lo­ca­tion, in Shaw. That changes early next month, when Brown will bring back Hogo to the Pas­sen­ger’s sec­ond-floor bar, com­plete with “guest bar­tenders and tiki nuevo,” for a lim­ited time. “With sum­mer com­ing on, I got to think­ing that I wanted to do tiki for a cou­ple of weeks,” Brown says.

He’s build­ing tiki torches from bam­boo, or­der­ing crazy glass­ware and prep­ping a cock­tail menu. Bar­tender Mick Per­rigo, who works at Brown’s Left Door cock­tail bar, off 14th Street, is com­ing over to help out.

While Tom’s brother, Derek, has had suc­cess with pop-up bars, in­clud­ing the hol­i­day-themed Mir­a­cle on Sev­enth Street and the re­cent (and since-closed) Cherry Blos­som Pub, Tom says the re­turn of Hogo isn’t the re­sult of sib­ling ri­valry. “The pop-ups he’s do­ing are very cool, very the­matic,” Tom says. On the other hand, “Hogo is some­thing I’d like to open again, so I wanted to get back into the swing of things.” How­ever, Tom con­cedes that, with Pas­sen­ger and Left Door open, he’s not look­ing for a space yet.

The ex­act open­ing date hasn’t been fi­nal­ized, but Hogo will oc­cupy the up­stairs bar at the Pas­sen­ger Mon­day through Sat­ur­day, from 5 p.m. un­til last call. That’s an­other change for the bar: The Pas­sen­ger’s sec­ond floor isn’t usu­ally open dur­ing the week.

The Pas­sen­ger, 1539 Sev­enth St. NW. pas­sen­gerdc.com.

fritz.hahn@wash­post.com

TRACY A. WOOD­WARD/THE WASH­ING­TON POST

Sip­ping from a fancy tiki glass at the rum bar’s old lo­ca­tion.

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