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Archive for May, 2011


“dcgrocerygary” recently posted a 1953 newspaper ad announcing the opening of the Giant at 3336 Wisconsin Avenue, “Washington’s newest, most excitingly beautiful food department store,” which is now about to close for reconstruction. Interestingly, the ad mentions a then-extant Giant at 2154 Wisconsin Avenue, now the site of the red-brick office complex at Wisconsin Avenue and W Place.

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Four part-owners of Gin & Tonic (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) have lost their bid to expand the capacity of their Georgetown night spot, George (3251 Prospect St.), The Georgetown Dish reports.

“The May 4 decision called George’s petition ‘inappropriate based on the Petitioner’s previous and current failures to comply with the ABC laws,'” the Dish stated. Near neighbors of the club have complained of noise and inappropriate behavior there. Two separate assaults on the dance floor at George last year will be the subject of an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board hearing scheduled for May 18.

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From the June 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The planned renovation and reopening of Blue Ridge (2340 Wisconsin Ave.) have been delayed “a couple of months, at least” by problems at Georgetown’s Mendocino Grille & Wine Bar (2917 M St.), says Blue Ridge co-owner Eli Hengst.

Before they opened Blue Ridge in 2009, Hengst and co-owner Jared Rager sold Mendocino Grille to a staffer there. But Hengst and Rager continued to guarantee the lease on the Georgetown building. So when the new Mendocino owner ran afoul of tax authorities and closed earlier this year, Hengst and Rager got reinvolved.

Time and money that would have been spent on the renovation of the shuttered Blue Ridge—originally expected to reopen this month—have been diverted to the Georgetown restaurant, Hengst says: “Most of the financial resources that we had set aside for the renovations at Blue Ridge have been consumed by our repossession of the [Mendocino] space from the prior owner.” No new date has been set for Blue Ridge’s reopening.

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