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Posted at 6:02 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Team behind Stoney's to re-open Bullfeathers

By Justin Rude

After a five-month hiatus, Capitol Hill institution Bullfeathers will reopen Monday with a new design and management. If that thought gives you pause, take solace in the fact that the new owners are hardly rookies when it comes to successfully re-imagining classic neighborhood joints: Med Lahlou, Anthony Harrison and Billy Walls are partners at Stoney's, the Logan Circle watering hole that has survived and thrived since the restaurant moved there in 2006.

Walls will be managing the day-to-day operations of the new-look Bullfeathers when it opens just in time for the State of the Union address on Tuesday. "We made it into our idea of what Bullfeathers should be," Walls said, "a traditional American style of bar instead of a gas-lamp or Irish-style pub."

The bar/restaurant will feature an open kitchen, a 45-foot bar with 31 draft lines and a menu of modern American pub fare. The draft selection will be a mix of domestics, microbrews and imports, including some interesting and hard to find beers such as Pepe Nero from Goose Island, a black saison made with peppercorns. "I don't think there is anyone on the Hill that has that many beers on draft or that kind of variety," Walls said. "I think you can walk around the Hill and I don't think you can find a nice place with a comfortable environment that is just as good if you are wearing a suit or jeans."

The large menu will range from tuna melts and pizzas to steaks and short ribs, and it will feature a number of considered touches, such as a turkey club on ciabatta bread that has been lightly brushed with olive oil and salted. The restaurant strives to make everything in-house, including traditional pastas and meatballs; pasta and pizza sauces; and corned beef, which is slow-cooked overnight. Desserts include homemade banana cream, chocolate pancakes and fruit skewers dusted in brown sugar, grilled and topped with white chocolate sauce.

By Justin Rude  | January 20, 2011; 6:02 PM ET
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