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DC Eagle Moving from New York Ave, NW to Benning Road, NE

by Prince Of Petworth January 12, 2014 at 10:05 pm 31 Comments

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639 New York Ave, NW

DC Eagle has applied for a liquor license transfer to 3701 Benning Road, NE. The application says:

“Transfer to new location tavern, restaurant and dance bar with continental restaurant fare. Types of entertainment include four piece bands, dancing, open microphone nights, contests, charitable fundraisers.. Summer Garden with 100 seats and Sidewalk Café with 36 seats. Total occupancy load is 800.”

Hours applied for are Saturday and Sunday 24 hours, Monday through Thursday 7am -2am, Friday 7am – Midnight.

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From their website:

“Most of you weren’t around in the late 1960s. A group of guys put together dinners for local motorcyclists and leathermen These dinners took place at a bar on 9th Street in NW called Louis’. Oddly enough, it was located right across the street from FBI headquarters, and these were the days of J. Edgar Hoover. The bar was renamed Louis’ Spartan Lounge, after the Spartans MC was formed on April 3, 1968. On September 4, 1968, Don Bruce became, what we now refer to as, our first “Baby Spartan.” These dates and events are important to this story, because they would give birth to the legendary DC Eagle.

The Eagle was forced from its nest on 9th Street, to make way for a new convention space. The bar closed at the regular hour on moving night and reopened the next day at noon in a brand new location. Many of the club members were drafted into the moving party to make sure everything would be ready. The Eagle was not just the child of Don and Eddie. Dick McHugh, Don’s partner in life, was there every step of the way. Dick was the Mr. Fix-It of the DC Eagle. He was the one that kept antiquated coolers, ice machines, air conditioning and heaters operating. Dick was the quiet force behind the scenes during the early days. But if you knew Dick, you could see his influence throughout the place. The time came again when the DC Eagle would be forced from it’s nest, to make way for a new technology center on 7th Street. Don and Eddie retired to Florida soon after the move. Dick stayed in town and opened Dick’s Place, on New York Avenue, in the old Manhattan Transfer Company building. Dick’s Place, became the DC Eagle that we know today. The rest, as they say, is history.”

And the history continues on Benning Road.

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