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From the June 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The potential new owner of JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) has been revealed. At a May 11 hearing about the dormant strip club’s liquor license, Brian Petruska was introduced as the would-be buyer of the club. Attorney James Charles, who represents the club’s current owner, says that in the spring of 2010, Petruska signed a contract to buy all of JP’s corporate stock. That contract was contingent upon Petruska’s signing a lease with the owners of the vacant building, which replaced a building gutted by a 2008 fire.

Last fall, Charles says, Petruska walked away from the deal, but later returned to the bargaining table with new conditions, including that the club prevail against two parties now protesting the renewal of its liquor license: the Advisory Neighborhood Commission and a group of neighbors represented by attorney Milton Grossman.

A protest hearing on the license renewal was scheduled for May 25, after our press date. (See the Georgetown Current’s report on the hearing here.) The protesting parties were set to argue that the strip club is no longer appropriate for increasingly kid-centric Glover Park. Charles says the charge is without merit. “The business has been there for 22 years,” he says. “The neighborhood hasn’t changed as far as I can see. There are no new schools, libraries, or churches.”

But even if the JP’s license survives that challenge, there may be another in store. The license is currently in an escrow-like state called “safekeeping,” and the protesting parties argue that a second protest hearing should be held when the license is removed from safekeeping—that is, when the club’s interior is fully finished and the club is ready to open. According to Charles, Petruska won’t invest in the building’s interior if there’s another protest looming, which means the wrangling could end with a stalemate that would keep JP’s closed.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is expected to rule within three months on the current protests, and within two months on whether a second protest period will be needed. Our efforts to reach Petruska for comment were not successful.

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From the June 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A tax lien filed against Kitchen (2404 Wisconsin Ave.) “has been taken care of,” according to Brooke Falk, attorney for the restaurant. The January lien for $18,784 was published in the Washington Business Journal in May, but Kitchen’s taxes are now up to date, she says. “It was a new business, and the business just got behind” on its payments, Falk explains.

With reporting by Laurie England.

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From the June 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The hair salon formerly known as Lucien et Eivind (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) has been renovated and reborn as Eivind and Hans of Georgetown. Longtime owner Eivind Bjerke joined with co-owner Hans Kalset to add spa features to the salon—notably, mobile stylist stations that allow manicures and pedicures to happen while hair is being styled.

The salon, long known for its wig services for cancer patients, celebrated its new name and renovated space with a May 12 benefit reception for the Children’s National Medical Center. The event raised $43,100 for the hospital, according to the salon’s website.

With reporting by Laurie England.

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From the June 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The rooftop parking lot at CVS (2226 Wisconsin Ave.) is closed until further notice, according to Mike DeAngelis, director of public relations for the drugstore chain. “We are making extensive repairs to the lot to prevent roof leaks among other issues,” he writes in an email. “At this time, we do not have an estimated completion date.”

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From the June 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A May 1 fight outside Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) is under investigation by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, a spokesman there confirms. According to a police report, three men standing outside the strip club were assaulted by two other men shortly after 3 a.m., the club’s closing time. When police arrived, the two assailants fled north in a taxi. One of the victims was transported to Georgetown University Hospital for treatment of a swollen eye, according to the report. The other two victims refused treatment, though both had bloody lips and one thought he might have a broken nose.

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On the afternoon of Tuesday May 31, Wisconsin Avenue was shut down while police investigated a possible bomb at Glover Park Hardware (2251 Wisconsin Ave.), The Georgetown Dish reports. No bomb was found, according to the Dish.

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