Barracks Row Entertainment Files for Chapter 11

According to The Wall Street Journal, Barracks Row Entertainment, a Baltimore based corporation, owner of the Hawk'n'Dove, Pacifico. The Park Tavern, The Chesapeake Room, Molly Malone's, Lola's and a number of other Capitol Hill establishments, has filed for Chapter 11 protection in US Bankruptcy Court in the District.

According to a source within the company, Richard Cervera has returned to take the reins as “CEO.” Cevera, brother of the restaurants' founder Xavier Cervera, had been fired from by the restaurants' investors. Xavier Cervera, who been retained briefly afterward in a consulting role to try and stabilize the business, was very disappointed with his brother's management decisions.

Xavier Cevera and his business partner, who hold two large notes from the current owners, are numbered among the creditors.

Many of the long term staff have reacted to Richard Cervera's return by resigning. A mass exodus, according to one source, may be in the offing.

“I worked for Richard when he just reopened the Hawk'n'Dove. It was really brutal. He did not treat his employees very well,” Jack McAuliffe, a former Barracks Row Entertainment employee.

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