Best of Falls Church

Best of Falls Church: Best Spot to Watch the Game

The space at 132 West Broad Street had been struggling to find its crowd for some time. Having gone through three owners in five years, the restaurant and bar had failed to maintain any sense of identity and following.

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ADAM LUBAR, one of the three owners at Dogwood Tavern, has seen his restaurant and bar become the go-to-place for game night in Falls Church. (Photo: Vicki Coe, News-Press)

Winner: Dogwood Tavern • 132 W. Broad St. • Falls Church

The space at 132 West Broad Street had been struggling to find its crowd for some time. Having gone through three owners in five years, the restaurant and bar had failed to maintain any sense of identity and following.

When Chris Lefbom, Adam Lubar and Wilson Whitney took over in April of 2008, they brought their experience and previous success with Arlington restaurants Ragtime and Rhodeside Grill, to the City of Falls Church.

Now, 132 West Broad is bustling, seven nights a week with 13 TVs -including 60, 58 and 50 inchers- and has found its calling as the best place to watch sports in F.C.

When asked why Dogwood has become the top spot to see the game, manager Tamara Powell says it’s because everyone in town loves sports.

“Since we’ve come onto the scene with all of the TVs, it’s only brought people together to share in the love of the games. It’s an awesome vibe when this place fills up and everyone is cheering for the same team.”

On football Sunday, be prepared to sing “Hail to the Redskins” after each D.C. touchdown. Dogwood is “definitely all things Washington,” Powell says. “Nationals, Capitals, D.C. United- most of the Virginia college alums gather on Saturdays for college football, though we haven’t been deemed the bar for one particular college alum.”

Powell promises, though, that other team fans are welcome, too, and won’t be heckled.

“At least not too badly,” she says.

 


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