Old memories of old D.C.
This has been a tough summer for old patrons of the Hawk ‘n’ Dove on Capitol Hill. First, legendary bartender William “Baseball Bill” Holdforth died in June; now, co-founder Stuart J. Long [“Saloonkeeper co-owned Hawk ‘n’ Dove tavern,” Metro, Sept. 6].
I recall an evening in the late 1970s. I was sitting at the bar with Holdforth when Long’s previous wife pulled up in a luxury sedan. She ordered the largest steak on the menu — to go. Her dog was tethered to a parking meter on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the bar. After Holdforth received the steak from the kitchen, he handed it to her, free of charge. (Apparently that was the arrangement between the two exspouses.) The ex-Mrs. Long then placed the steak before the hungry canine, which devoured it in two or three gulps.
An old memory of old Washington.
Ed Connor, Bethesda