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As of this morning, the downstairs bar at Heritage India at 2400 Wisconsin has reopened as “Heritage Asia Thai Bistro,” a cafe offering favorites such as tom yum soup and Pad Thai along with a smattering of Vietnamese, Chinese, and other Asian dishes. The bar space had been in disuse for about a year.

UPDATE: Here’s the carry-out menu.

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In keeping with the storefront’s tradition of hyphenlessness, SomaSpa of 2121 Wisconsin is setting up a small sales space at 2241 Wisconsin, the former site of electronics retailer MyerEmco. Graham King, co-owner of SomaSpa’s affiliated gym, Balance, says that spa services such as massages, facials, and saunas will be touted in the storefront, which sits beside and beneath Balance competitor Washington Sports Club at 2251 Wisconsin. The new site is for brochures and information, King says.

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From the June 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

¡Finalmente! More than a year after the closing of Margarita’s at 2317 Wisconsin, Mexican food is coming back to the neighborhood, just across the street. Chipotle Mexican Grill has rented 2338 Wisconsin, former site of Pizza Hut, according to landlord Richard Isen. “They anticipate being open for business before the end of the year,” Isen reports.

UPDATE: According to Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold, “that restaurant is slated to open in the first quarter of 2011.”

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From the June 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

After two incidents involving rowdy patrons and accusations of assault, Gin & Tonic at 2408 Wisconsin faces a possible license suspension—or even revocation.

The first incident happened last Halloween, when security personnel told three shirtless men to put on shirts or leave the club, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration investigator’s report. When the patrons remained shirtless—they claimed it was part of their costume—bouncers removed them from the club, and a fight between the two groups broke out on the street. Each side claimed the other had started the fight.

The second incident, which happened January 30, started when one patron spilled beer on another man’s shirt. (Again, with the shirts.) The spillee said, “Hey, man, what the hell?” and then went to the men’s room, he told an ABRA investigator. While he was at the urinal, three or four strangers came into the bathroom and started punching and kicking him, he said. According to a police report, the bar’s manager heard the victim calling for help and interrupted the beating, whereupon three suspects fled on foot, running north on Wisconsin Avenue.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board conducted fact-finding hearings on both incidents in April and referred the cases to the Office of the Attorney General for a show-cause hearing, which hadn’t been scheduled at press time, an ABRA spokesman said. [Gin & Tonic co-owner Fritz Brogan said that because the incidents were still under investigation, he could not comment on the matter.] According to the D.C. Code, a bar’s liquor license can be suspended or revoked if “disorderly” conduct is allowed there. Last year, Gin & Tonic was fined and shuttered for one night after a February 2009 incident in which a drunk patron complained of being roughly ejected from the bar.

On a happier note, Gin & Tonic will once again generously host this year’s Charm Aid concert, an orderly rock-and-roll benefit for St. Luke’s Shelter at 3655 Calvert (in the basement of St. Luke’s UMC). The show features Glover Park rockers The Charm Offensive (with your commercial strip correspondent on bass); Dirty Bomb; and Yell County. Saturday, July 10, 6:30 p.m., suggested donation $10. Shirts required. [Or, skip the concert and donate directly to the shelter here.]

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From the June 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

There’s still no lease on the building going up at 2412 Wisconsin, the former site of the burnt-out JP’s Night Club, according to the landlord. But James Charles, attorney for club owner Michael Papanicolas, says a new strip-club owner is lined up and ready to go, as soon as the lease is in place.

“We have a purchaser” for the business, including its valuable liquor license, Charles says. “They’ve signed a contract with us, but it’s contingent on them getting a new lease with the landlord. That hasn’t happened yet.” The JP’s license is scheduled for expiration or renewal on September 30.

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From the June 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The erstwhile Vixen (a/k/a Wisconsin Overlook) at 2136 Wisconsin—site of a series of paid, unlicensed open-bar parties last year—is listed for sale at $5 million. Each of its stories is also available for lease at $34.50 per square foot, according to the listing. [A sign posted at the property announces a sealed-bid sale, with bids accepted through June 30.]

The property last sold for $2.4 million to Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union at a foreclosure auction in October 2009. At the time, tenant (and party host) Tyrone Green was still in residence and fighting for possession of the building. After losing a court battle, he moved away.

Green will be back in town on July 13, though. That’s the date of his trial for selling alcohol without a license at a party last September. Green faces a penalty of up to one year in jail plus a $1,000 fine.

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From the June 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

There’s a new gym in town: Balance at 2121 Wisconsin, alongside SomaFit spa. Since January, Balance has been offering monthly memberships at $99 with no long-term contract and has been waiving its $99 initiation fee for new members. Though fitness has long been part of SomaFit, Balance is expanding the gym space to include a dedicated Pilates studio, a mind/body studio, and classes including pole pressure, CrossFit, boot camp, and kettlebell, says co-owner Graham King. The gym is also adding more cardio machines and freeweights.

What distinguishes Balance from other gyms in the area, says King, is a sense of fun and community: “We frequently have activities outside the gym, such as bike rides, workouts, cookouts, and other group activities to help form the community feel.” Both King and co-owner Mark Crick—a former pro rugby player—train clients and teach classes as part of a staff of trainers.

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