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From the November 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

An owner of the new building at 2412 Wisconsin Avenue has finally confirmed that the former site of JP’s Night Club will likely be a strip club once again. Demetra Green, a member of the family group that owns the building, tells us that “JP’s is choosing to continue its lease, which was interrupted by the fire” that destroyed the previous building in early 2008.

But JP’s owner Michael Papanicolas has not signed a lease, according to his attorney, James Charles. Instead, Papanicolas signed a contract to sell the dormant business back in March, and it is his would-be buyer who has been negotiating with the landlords for a lease—so far, without success, Charles says.

Why the discrepancy over who wants a lease? Maybe because the club’s liquor license is currently up for renewal. Although Papanicolas might prefer to see his sale go through immediately, the buyer and the landlord would apparently rather wait until after the 45-day protest period expires and the license is safely renewed for two years.

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From the November 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Gin & Tonic (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) may be fixing to grow up a bit. The bar—a favorite among DC’s preppy party crowd—will soon be renamed and remodeled to become an “upscale tavern and sports bar” featuring live Southern rock music.

Co-owner Mauricio Fraga-Rosenfeld has sold his stake in the bar to a group of four D.C. restaurateurs that includes David Chung of kstreet lounge, a popular nightclub at 13th and K streets, and Reed Landry, co-founder of the private social network Late Night Shots. G&T co-owner Fritz Brogan retained his share of the business.

Brogan says he’s “excited” about the upcoming changes: “After over two years of business, it is time for a facelift to help us remain as Glover Park’s friendly neighborhood bar.”

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From the November 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

An email campaign to convince Cleveland Park’s Sullivan’s Toy Store and Art Supplies (3412 Wisconsin Ave.) to move to Glover Park has strongly piqued the owner’s interest. “I absolutely would consider coming down there,” says Tam Sullivan, who received more than 100 emails from enthusiastic Glover Parkers after his address was posted on the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup last month. Sullivan’s popular shop will be forced to move next year—at least temporarily—due to redevelopment of its current location. Though the owner is keeping all his options open, he is actively looking at Glover Park storefronts and says he has a sentimental attachment to the neighborhood, where he and his brother played softball as children.

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From the November 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Lending new meaning to the phrase “free bird,” Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Co. (2418 Wisconsin Ave.) will hold a smoked turkey pull on November 4. Visitors will be able to enjoy the shop’s smoked turkey that day at no cost.

Reported by Laurie England.

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From the November 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Proper Topper, a clothing and gift shop at 3213 P St. in Georgetown, lost its lease as of October 31 and is looking for new space—and Glover Park fans of the store have urged owner Anna Fuhrman to look north. “I’ve heard that there’s been a dialog on the Glover Park [Yahoo] listserv about strategically targeting the types of businesses that the neighborhood needs and wants,” Fuhrman says. “It sounds like what people are looking for fits pretty exactly what we do.” Though she hasn’t yet decided on a move to Glover Park, Fuhrman adds, “I am listening and looking!”

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From the November 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

At 2136 Wisconsin Avenue—the blocky tan apartment house formerly known as The Vixen and Wisconsin Overlook—a caretaker has taken up residence, at least part-time. The uncompleted building has been vacant and for sale since its former tenant was evicted last spring, but lately neighbors have been noticing a car parked there overnight. “There are no tenants or squatters,” says Steve Loewy, an attorney for the owner, Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union. “The only person ‘living’ in the property is someone who is simply watching the property to keep it free from vandalism and squatters.”

Meanwhile, former tenant Tyrone Green, who held multiple paid, open-bar parties at the property last year, is still facing one misdemeanor charge of selling alcohol without a license. Though his case was dismissed in July because the prosecutor had a scheduling conflict, the Office of the Attorney General immediately re-filed the charges. Green’s arraignment in the revived case is scheduled for November 3, but a summons sent to him in September was returned as undeliverable.

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From the November 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A man arrested after a bloody fight outside Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) in April has been acquitted of assault and weapons charges. Daron Childress was accused of flashing a knife in a scuffle that broke out after he and his brother were asked to leave the strip club. But at a September 16 trial, Childress was found not guilty.

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St. Luke’s Shelter (3655 Calvert St.), will host a free pre-Halloween pumpkin fest on Sunday, October 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event, to be held in the St. Luke’s Church courtyard across from Guy Mason, features pumpkin painting, games, baked goods, and “fun for all ages.” Though there’s no cover charge, donations are welcome. All proceeds will benefit the shelter, which helps formerly homeless men work toward independence.

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The Georgetown Library (3260 R St.) reopens Monday October 18, after reconstruction following an April, 2007 fire. The library will host a party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 23 featuring games, music, tours of the facility, and refreshments provided by Safeway (1855 Wisconsin Ave.) and Baked & Wired (1052 Thomas Jefferson St.). Details are here.

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To officially mark its shift in focus from wines to craft beers, Blue Ridge (2340 Wisconsin) is hosting a week of “Octoberfest” events, starting with a neighborhood party on Tuesday, October 12. From 6 to 7:30 pm, anyone with a Georgetown or Glover Park ZIP code can sample beers and nosh for free. Then, the party continues till 10, with discounted rates on food and drink. “Kids are, of course, welcome,” says Blue Ridge co-owner Eli Hengst, whose restaurant also hosts “stroller happy-hours” for patrons with children in tow.

Check out the restaurant’s blog for details on the rest of the week’s events, which include a glassware giveaway October 13, a five-course dinner October 14, Belgian-style beer tasting October 15, local food and beer tasting October 16, and an “industry appreciation day” October 17 to honor both professional and home brewers.

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