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From the May 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

After winning a costly and hard-fought campaign to serve alcohol on a future rooftop deck, the owners of Town Hall at 2218 Wisconsin seem to have abandoned their plan to actually build the deck.

In spring 2009, the restaurant overcame the noise fears of near neighbors and secured Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approval to provide table service in a rooftop garden. Town Hall submitted deck construction plans to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs last May, but according to DCRA spokeswoman Shana Kemp, “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 [departments].” Changes requested by the fire department included enclosing one stairway and relocating a door.

Would these changes have raised the project’s cost beyond what made business sense for Town Hall? Hard to say, as managing partner Paul Holder declines to comment on the matter.

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From the May 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

When you go to Whole Foods at 2323 Wisconsin, hold onto your purse. Once a month or so, a shopper reports a wallet stolen there. According to recent police reports, one woman who carried her purse twisted behind her back later discovered that her wallet was missing. Another woman’s wallet vanished after she left her purse in the cart as she shopped. Police stress that many crimes in Glover Park are crimes of opportunity; keeping your bag closed and within sight will foil the most dedicated pickpocket. (Reminder: you can soon watch your pocketbook at Safeway, too. The reconstructed supermarket at 1855 Wisconsin reopens May 6.)

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From the May 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

At 2140 Wisconsin—a vacant lot shielded by a tall yellow fence—look for activity soon. Land owner Davar Ashgrizzadeh, who also owns Café Romeo’s at 2132 Wisconsin, has applied for a permit to build a foundation on the lot. He eventually plans to construct a building and move his restaurant and residence there, he says.

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From the May 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The new building at 2412 Wisconsin—the former site of the burnt-out JP’s Night Club—is coming along steadily, but no new (or old) tenant is yet in place. As of mid-April, the JP’s business, including its valuable liquor license, was apparently being advertised for sale at $1.3 million.

“Gentleman’s Club. One of only two nude dance clubs allowing in upscale NW Washington, DC location,” read the online listing. “Landlord will grant long-term lease. Substantial net worth required. Principals only.” The broker did not return a call for comment. The JP’s license is scheduled for renewal or expiration on September 30.

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From recent police incident reports (all names are made up):

April 5, 4:30 p.m.
2323 Wisconsin Avenue
Pickpocket

Sally was shopping in Whole Foods, wearing her shoulder bag. She later discovered that her wallet was missing.


April 10, 11:50 p.m.
Near 2505 Wisconsin Avenue
Assault with intent to rob

Rachel, a guest of the Savoy Suites Hotel, was approached by Bob, who tugged on her purse, grabbed her left arm, and said, “Give me your pocketbook.”

Rachel responded, “Fuck you,” at which point Bob punched her in the jaw, where she’d recently had surgery, dislocating it. He then fled the scene without her purse.

Rachel returned to her hotel room, called her daughter, and passed out.


April 11, 2 p.m.
Wisconsin Avenue and Calvert Street
Assault on a police officer

Bill was walking south on Wisconsin Avenue when Jim walked up to him, said, “Get out of the way, faggot,” and kicked him in the back of his right leg.

Jim then approached Sue, who was accompanied by Sam, and asked, “Do you want some of this?” Sue got into the passenger side of her vehicle and closed the door.

Jim then approached Sam, who had gotten into the driver’s side of the vehicle, and asked, “Do you want some of this?” Sam identified himself as a police officer and showed Jim his badge.

Jim balled up his fists and took a fighting stance, and Sam told him to back down. Sam called for backup and held Jim until reinforcements arrived.

Sam suffered lacerations and abrasions but refused medical assistance at the scene. Jim suffered abrasions and was taken to Sibley Hospital for treatment, then transported to the Second District. He was charged with assaulting a police officer.


April 21, 1:30 p.m.
2450 Wisconsin Avenue
Robbery by fear

Ralph entered the gas station wearing a black ski mask, placed his hand in his pocket, and told Fritz, the cashier, “Give me the money.” Fritz, who feared Ralph had a weapon, backed away.

Ralph then opened the cash drawers for two registers and stole $300. He also stole $150 and a cell phone from Fritz.

Ralph then fled, heading west on Calvert Street. Fritz chased him. He didn’t catch Ralph, but he saw Ralph drop cash on the ground. Fritz picked up the cash and put it in his pocket. Ralph was last seen headed northbound on Tunlaw.


April 21, 8:00 p.m.
2323 Wisconsin Avenue
Pickpocket

Gretchen was shopping at Whole Foods, with her open purse in her shopping cart. She turned away from the cart. When she later went to pay, her wallet was missing.

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From the May 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A fight in the street outside The Good Guys at 2311 Wisconsin last Friday evening ended with two arrests. According to police and court records, on April 9 around 6:30 p.m., Daron Childress, 22, and Scott Childress, 30, were removed from the strip club for touching a waitress. Scott allegedly tried to force his way back in to collect his cell phone and coat, but he was refused. A fight erupted between the Childresses and two other people, during which Daron allegedly displayed a knife. One victim, a man, refused medical treatment for a minor injury above his left eye. Both Childresses were arrested and transported to hospitals for minor injuries.

The next day, Daron was arraigned and pled not guilty to charges of simple assault and possession of a prohibited weapon. A status hearing in his case is scheduled for May 19. Good Guys owner Ben Zangeneh was traveling and could not be reached for comment.

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From the May 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Gin & Tonic at 2408 Wisconsin has begun hosting a free trivia competition every Tuesday at 8 p.m. More than 60 people attended the first session on April 6, according to co-owner Fritz Brogan. “Most of the people who came were neighbors,” he says. “We want to keep it going every week as a neighborhood event.” (The bar’s free acoustic music night, Tavern Sessions, has moved to Wednesdays at 8 p.m.)

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Fritz Brogan, co-owner of Kitchen at 2404 Wisconsin and Gin & Tonic at 2408 Wisconsin, shows Politico his new crib at The Watergate.

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Two years after the Maslow Media Group decamped for Georgetown Plaza across the street, the vacant brick rowhouse at 2134 Wisconsin (next to Cafe Romeo’s) will become the home of Field English Custom Tailors. Established in 1968 by William Field, Sr., the business is now owned and operated by Mr. Field’s son, William P. Field II. The shop is in the process of relocating from its current home at 1742 Wisconsin, says the younger Field, and should open in Glover Park on April 12. Field has leased the building with an option to buy it, he says.

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