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From the June 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

Your bagels will be ready soon. Speaking on behalf of Bruegger’s Enterprises, publicist Tracy Aiello says that construction should begin this month on a Bruegger’s Bagels store at 2334 Wisconsin, in the old Blockbuster building. The shop—with entrances in front and in back—should be open “in very early September,” she adds.

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From the June 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

Meet the new commissioner, same as the old commissioner. Alan Blevins, whose ANC district includes Glover Park’s commercial strip, announced in April that he was resigning his post effective April 30 and moving to Takoma Park for theological studies. But Blevins never submitted a formal resignation to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, so when his study plans changed, he decided to stay in his district—albeit in a new apartment—and stay on the ANC.

The commissioner says his plans are still in flux, so he doesn’t know whether he’ll be able to serve the full two-year term he won in a squeaker last November, but he intends to serve “for the foreseeable future.”

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From the June 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

Paul Holder, managing partner of Town Hall at 2218 Wisconsin, says he’s “cautiously hoping” to open his restaurant’s new rooftop garden by mid-July, now that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has approved his request for a slight change to its order permitting drink service there. The change, dated May 13, will allow Holder to build a soundblocking wall out of composite materials, rather than cinder block, as the board had earlier specified. A near neighbor of the restaurant had objected to cinder block, Holder explains.

Holder says it “feels good” to move forward after more than a year of protests by GPCA and others concerned about noise from the deck. “It’s a weight off my chest to have it resolved,” he writes in an email, adding that he’s grateful to the many residents who supported the plan.

UPDATE 3/18/10: Construction has not started, and Holder declines to tell us why. According to a Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs spokeswoman, a permit was applied for, but “the applicant never came in to pick up the plans (which have been ready since late August) to address some concerns noted by fire and zoning.” If you know what the holdup is, tell us in the comments!

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From the June 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

Something we’re not going to miss: yearning for the opening of Blue Ridge at 2340 Wisconsin, in the old Busara building. The regionally-sourced restaurant—to be run by exec chef Barton Seaver, formerly of Georgetown’s Hook—was originally slated to open in January, but unexpected structural problems with the building’s interior extended the renovation. The restaurant was later expected to open in April, but it didn’t.

At press time, owner Eli Hengst told us he was doing his final staff orientation and training sessions and waiting only for the delivery of some last tabletops and bar stools before opening his doors. Though he didn’t know the exact opening date, he said it would be “absolutely, without a doubt, before June 1.”

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From the June 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

We’re going to miss kvetching about the delay in razing JP’s Night Club at 2412 Wisconsin, which stood for 16 months as a burnt-out shell. In early May, the family that owns the building finally secured a permit to demolish the structure, and that work began on May 18. The demolition was expected to take until early June.

Project manager Fredrik Starmark of The Construction Guild says plans for the replacement building are still being finalized, but the last design he saw called for large storefront windows similar to those in neighboring buildings—a change from the blind brick face of the strip club.

Michael Papanicolas, the owner of JP’s, has said that he hopes to reopen his club in the new structure. But Demetra Green, a member of the Alafoginis family group that owns the building, says they haven’t decided who the next tenant will be. “We are not sure yet what our plans are for the new building,” Green writes in an e-mail. “Our focus right now is to get the old building razed and the new building built.”

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