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Reposted verbatim from Craigslist as a public service:

Whole Foods Glover Park – m4m – 29

Date: 2009-12-27, 5:08PM EST

Here I am. We both went to buy at Wholefoods yesterday (Saturday) in the afternoon. You are a white shaved head, 6 0, masc inshape man. Very attractive, with some facial hair that make you look more hotter. You must be around my age. I was the guy who walked towards you to get “cheese” lol, just an excuse hahaha

I have seen you a couple of times around there, and I guess you have realized I would ike to talk you

Hit me up if you read this

If this sounds like you, here’s a link to the ad: Missed Connections.

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The Social Safeway at 1855 Wisconsin has been under construction since April. Store reps say it’ll be open again—atop a new, pedestrian-friendly row of shops—this spring. In the meantime, you can watch the building go up via time-lapse photos posted online here.







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From the December 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

Glover Park will be a two-strip-club neighborhood again soon, predicts attorney James Charles. JP’s Night Club has been closed since a January 2008 fire destroyed its building at 2412 Wisconsin, but the lot’s owners—who are currently constructing a replacement building—are allowing JP’s owner Michael Papanicolas to line up the next tenant, says Charles, who represents Papanicolas. The new tenant would buy the JP’s liquor license directly from Papanicolas; it’s a valuable commodity, because the District is not currently granting new licenses that allow nude dancing. (The neighborhood’s other strip club is Good Guys at 2311 Wisconsin.)

According to Charles, the Alafoginis family group that owns the property “wants this kind of operation in there” because of the high rent it generates—a base rate of $10,000 per month, he confirms. “I don’t know too many shoe stores that can pay that kind of a rent.” Alafoginis family members have declined to comment on their plans for the property.

Charles says Papanicolas is taking pains to ensure that the new club will be an upscale establishment: “We will not sell it to anybody unless they’re going to do a first-class operation.” Charles estimates that the new building’s shell will be finished and a new lease signed by late May.

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From the December 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

Coming in January: Angelico Pizzeria at 2313 Wisconsin, the long-vacant former home of Mama Maria’s Italian restaurant. Angelico, a local chain, will open a restaurant on the first floor of the building and move its corporate headquarters to the second floor, says chief operating officer Kert Gennings.

Known for its hearty portions and quick delivery, Angelico (pronounced ann-je-LEE-ko) will add a late-night option to the Glover Park dining scene, staying open until midnight during the week and “probably till one or two” on weekends, Gennings says. The restaurant has applied for a license to sell beer and wine, he adds.

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From the December 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

More than two years after restaurateur Bo Blair’s The Deck, an outdoor hotspot at the Savoy Suites Hotel at 2505 Wisconsin, was abruptly shut due to noise complaints, the bar’s original manager/partner, Bo Blair, announced the return of The Deck atop Surfside at 2444 Wisconsin, which he co-owns. (The Savoy did have an outdoor bar eatery this past summer, but without the rowdy prepsters who had been drawn to the old Deck by then-promoter then-manager/partner Fritz Brogan, who is now a partner in Kitchen at 2404 Wisconsin and Gin & Tonic at 2408 Wisconsin.)

Advertised as “The Deck at Surfside,” the rooftop bar is open Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 pm until closing, and is fully tented and heated. We wanted to ask Blair how he intends to keep the noise down at Deck 2.0, but he did not return our calls for comment.

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From the December 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

We’ve been tagged. In late October, some graffiti-doers scrawled “MOE,” “NORE,” “BALL$,” and “ATB” on several buildings on the strip, including CVS at 2226 Wisconsin, the ex-Pizza Hut at 2338 Wisconsin, Glover Park Market at 2411 37th Street, and, cruelly, Rocklands’s “Eat Your Barbeque” mural at 2424 37th Street.

The graffiti does not appear to be gang-related, according to Daniel Hickson, the director of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Intelligence Branch. Rather, it seems to be the work of—or an homage to—a group of prolific taggers called the ATB Crew. Nore was described a “king” of DC graffiti in Clout magazine, and Moe “bombs hard” (i.e., tags a lot) according to an online graffiti discussion board. We couldn’t find any information online about Ball$, but given his nom de crime, he must be very wealthy and courageous indeed.

A citizen reported the graffiti at CVS and Starbucks to the city for removal on November 1, but it had not yet been removed three weeks later—perhaps because the government needs waivers from property owners before taking action. (UPDATE: A DPW team did remove major graffiti from the CVS garage door, the ex Pizza Hut, and other sites on November 16, though smaller tags remained.)

Property owners who want graffiti removed should call 311 directly. [Do-it-yourselfers can try acetone or nail polish remover, though that may also remove any underlying finish.]

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From the December 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

Everybody’s favorite unlicensed nightclub has been rather quiet lately. Ownership of the foreclosed apartment house at 2136 Wisconsin—known as Wisconsin Overlook and The Vixen, among other things—passed to its mortgage holder, Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, in mid-November. But tenant Tyrone Green, the host of a string of loud, all-night events at the property this year, remained ensconced. According to D.C.’s tenant protection laws, the new owner of a foreclosed property is required to negotiate a fair market rent with any tenants; renters cannot be evicted without cause.

Attorney Steve Loewy, who represents Mid-Atlantic, says the credit union plans to sell the building. True, there were no bidders at an October foreclosure auction, but Loewy says that’s because potential buyers were not allowed to examine the property beforehand.

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