Say aloha again to resurrected Hogo
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.
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Sipping from a fancy tiki glass at the rum bar’s old location.