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Farewell, My Cheesy
The Pizza Hut delivery hutch at 2338 Wisconsin is now closed and papered over. This storefront is owned by the same landlord as Bruegger’s Bagels and the Salvadoran consulate. I’ll be curious to see what goes into this tiny, be-ovened rental space.

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Less than a year after she lost the seat to Alan Blevins by four votes, Jackie Blumenthal tonight became the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for ANC3B, SMD 2 in a special election. Blevins recently resigned the seat—which represents Glover Park’s commercial strip and nearby homes—to concentrate on his divinity schooling.

Blumenthal got 47 votes; Florie Knauf came in second with 23, and Matt VanderGoot got 9.

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Pipe dreams
Yesterday, two guys in Baltimore Ravens hard hats installed a sewer line at 2412 Wisconsin, the former (and future?) home of JP’s Night Club. (Warning: link plays loud music and features photos of clothed(ish) strippers.)

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If you are looking for food-service work and you fancy the historical costume of Alpine peasants, your number just came up. Check out this Craigslist ad:

waitress or waiter (glover park/georgetown)
Date: 2009-09-03, 11:03PM EDT
Reply to: job-vjvgd-1357634902@craigslist.org

Ladies do you like to wear a Dirndl? Well established restaurant is seeking a full time or part time waiter-waitress. Must be reliable and dependable. Need to work on weekends and should have flexible hours for catering jobs. German language skills beneficial, but are not a requirement. Benefits after 3 months and 1 year of employment. Send resume to posted email address.

The ad doesn’t say which German restaurant in Glover Park is hiring, but we’re pretty sure it’s these guys.

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The heart of prestigious Georgetown?From the September 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

A memorable eveningTyrone Green is one popular guy. Green, who leases the big, blah six-condo building at 2136 Wisconsin, regularly hosts all-night, open-bar parties for hundreds of people in the space, which is called “Wisconsin Overlook” on invitations. [Its other names include "The Vixen," "Hush @ Le Venue," and "Guest DC."] In April, neighbors began complaining to authorities after a particularly noticeable bash. [Invitation at right.] Though the $25 cover charge meant that alcohol was technically being sold without a license at the event, no government action was taken against Green.

You could hear this one for blocksMeanwhile, the parties continued as recently as early August, when revelers gathered to celebrate DC’s annual Eritrean festival. “Hours: 2 AM to 7 AM” read the invitation [top]. “Dress code strictly enforced: no rift rafts.” A party at the building on July 4 weekend that featured DJs, live music, a photography exhibit, a fashion show, and, naturally, an open bar, was so loud it could be heard inside homes on Tunlaw Road. [Invitation at left.]

This one featured live acoustic musicGreen told us by phone that he has had “three parties” in the building and that they were private and perfectly legal because “nobody pays money to come. I understand that you can’t sell alcohol.” In fact, no cover charge was listed on the Eritrean party invite, though the July 4th party—a benefit for a tutoring center in Jamaica—required donations of between $30 and $50, according to a listing on Facebook. The Internet contains references to several other paid parties at the building, including one on March 27 that cost $25. [It was $25 at the door; $20 in advance with the pass above.]

OK, this one was freeCity Councilmember Mary Cheh says that the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the police department “are on top of this,” but that no action can be taken unless Green is “caught in the act” operating a business (such as a nightclub) without several needed government permits. DCRA spokesman Michael Rupert says citizens who observe potentially illegal activity at the building should call 311 and ask for the officer on duty. They can also email Rupert at michael.rupert@dc.gov. According to a Cheh staffer, the police department contact in the matter is Lt. Ralph Neal, who is listed at Ralph.Neal@dc.gov or 202-715-7300. [Invitation for a free February 7 party at left.]

The situation may soon resolve on its own, though, since the building is due to be auctioned for back taxes on the weekend of September 11. Owner David Cameron Someone has been making payments on the delinquent amount, but he owner David Cameron was still $23,036.87 behind at press time, according to the Office of Taxation and Revenue website. Two of Cameron’s creditors have also sued to force the property’s holding company into involuntary bankruptcy, though another creditor filed a motion to stay the action, according to trollerbk.com, a website that tracks bankruptcy filings.

Green says he has been trying to buy the building himself, and may do so at the tax sale: “My intention is to finish the building,” which now features wide-open spaces and blond wood floors. “I don’t plan on going anywhere.”

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From the September 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

Town Hall at 2218 Wisconsin was shuttered for two days in mid-August and fined $1,250 to settle charges stemming from an incident at the restaurant last year. According to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration case report, a 20-year-old woman was in a ladies’ room stall on the night of June 29, 2008, when the lights went out. Leaving the stall, she encountered a man who touched her breast and stomach. Friends noted that she was shaken by the incident, though owner Paul Holder wrote in a statement that she initially portrayed the event to him as a “misunderstanding” in which “brief contact was made” as she exited the bathroom.

The woman was at the bar with her brother, who called police to report the inappropriate touching. This triggered an ABRA investigation. The investigator found that the woman, who was underage, had entered the bar using her older sister’s photo ID. ABRA also charged that the bar had served alcohol to the woman even though she was under 21; that there had been no Alcoholic Beverage Control Board-approved manager on duty; and that Town Hall had failed to notify ABRA of a new partner in its business. Holder denies these three charges.

In August, Town Hall admitted to having failed to “reasonably ascertain” whether the woman could legally drink, for which it received a two-day license suspension and paid a fine. The other three charges were dismissed, according to ABRA spokesman Bill Hager. The Metropolitan Police Department could not tell us by our deadline the outcome of the misdemeanor sexual abuse complaint, but Holder says that, “to the best of our knowledge,” there was no further criminal investigation.

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From the September 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

The new Bruegger’s Bagels at 2334 Wisconsin Avenue should be open for business by the time you read this, but its grand opening ceremonies are scheduled for the weekend of September 11, a publicist for the company said. Throughout that weekend, bagels with cream cheese will cost 99 cents, and the chain’s signature Herby turkey sandwich will cost $2.99. The shop is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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