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From the February 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On January 23, an eagle-eyed local tweeter spotted the Pearson’s Wine & Spirits parking lot at 2430 Wisconsin Ave. listed for sale at $3.999 million—a whopping sum, considering that the JP’s building offered at $2.4 million is on the same block. We dried our tears at the thought of losing the commercial strip’s last open pedestrian cut-through and called Pearson’s owner David Choi to ask what was up.

“We’re not selling it,” Choi told us. Rather, in order to get a sense of the property’s retail market value, he listed the lot to see what sort of offers come back, a standard method of evaluating one-of-a-kind real estate. Barring an offer that can’t be refused, he says, the lot will remain with Pearson’s.

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From the February 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl on February 5? Glover Park has got you covered.

Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.) will offer happy hour draft beer prices (i.e., $2 off), whiskey specials, and half-price appetizers from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) plans $3 Bud, Bud Light, PBR, and Miller Lite; free pool, shuffleboard, and Wii till closing; and food specials including nachos, tacos, and chili dogs from noon to closing that day.

Heritage Asia (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) will offer Tandoori wings for $5, tap beers for $3, and margarita pitchers for $16 during the Super Bowl.

Kavanagh’s (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) will offer its “barstool special” from 5 p.m. on: a pint of beer plus a slice of pizza for $5. They’ll also have wings for $5.

Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) will have themed drink specials for each team, specials on Bud Light pitchers, and a DJ playing before and after the game and during halftime.

If you’re hosting a party, Old Europe (2434 Wisconsin Ave.) is offering free delivery on a party platter that feeds 10-12 people. The $150 platter features handmade pretzels with “Obatzda” (beer cheese spread), bite size chicken schnitzel and “Frikadellen” (meatballs), sausage sampler with mustard duo and curry ketchup, potato pancakes with a garlic-parsley dip, and your choice of potato salad, sauerkraut or tossed greens. To order, call 202-333-7600.

Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) will be featuring its taco bar: grilled steak, chicken and shrimp, plus toppings including guacamole and lime sour cream, for $19.95 per person.

Town Hall (2340 Wisconsin Ave.) hadn’t cemented its Super Bowl plans at press time, but “we’ll take a stab at doing something fun,” says managing partner Paul Holder.

Did we miss you? Please let us know. Add your event to the comments or email us at csctips at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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From the February 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The long-vacant Margarita’s Restaurant storefront (2317 Wisconsin Ave.) is under contract to be sold—and there could be a scuffle for the restaurant’s unused liquor license. Licensee Maria Villalta has been holding onto the license since her restaurant closed in 2008, because she hoped to re-rent the building, either from her former landlord or from a new owner. (The building was listed for sale at $1.315 million last March.)

But Villalta’s former landlord recently notified her that the building was under contract and that the future owners wanted to buy her license, she told the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board at a January 11 hearing. “I was hoping to reopen the place,” Villalta said at the hearing. “So now it’s like, OK, I will sell the license.”

Intriguingly, Villalta has also heard from the leasing agent for the JP’s building across the street, according to Jonathan Wilson, a friend who accompanied her to the hearing. The agent wrote Villalta a letter stating that he knows several people who might be interested in buying her license to use at 2412 Wisconsin Ave., Wilson told the ABC Board.

Due to the Glover Park license moratorium, anyone who wants to serve hard liquor at a restaurant in the neighborhood must acquire an existing license. (Restaurants can apply to serve beer and wine without regard to the moratorium.) The only two restaurant liquor licenses currently available are the license held by Villalta and the one that was used by Town Hall at its former location, 2218 Wisconsin Ave., which is being offered as a package deal with a lease on that building.

Villalta told the ABC Board that she was willing to sell to anyone. “I will sell the
license, and I will do it as soon as somebody comes with an offer, either the building on 2317 or the other across the street,” she said. “I’m open.”

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From the February 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Ligne Roset and Natuzzi Italy are coming to Glover Park. The high-end furniture retailers have jointly leased the wide, lower-level storefront at 2209 Wisconsin Ave., according to property manager Cynthia Cumbo. The space has been vacant since Mobili furniture closed more than three years ago. The new tenants “are in the early planning stages, but the space should be ready in March,” Cumbo says.

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From the February 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A man who poured gasoline on a manager at Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) and lit him on fire has been convicted of the manager’s murder. In November, 2007, Vasile Graure was asked to leave the strip club for trying to photograph one of the dancers. He returned a few minutes later with gasoline, which he threw on staffer Vladimir Djordjevic (pictured above) and ignited. Djordjevic suffered severe burns, and died of his injuries in May, 2010. Graure—then already serving a 30-year prison term for the assault—was charged with murder.

On January 20, a jury found Graure guilty of felony murder while armed. His sentencing is scheduled for March 23.

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From the February 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) has a new quizmaster. Dalton Hirshorn has taken over the bar’s Monday night trivia contest, which starts at 7:30 and ends with one team winning $50 off its tab and a second team taking home “some beer-themed swag or perhaps a bottle of unusual flavored vodka,” Hirshorn tells us. The quiz was previously run by a trivia company, with questions that sometimes perplexed the host as much as the players, in our experience. But Hirshorn writes his own questions. His interests include “bad movies, art & architecture, history & whatnot,” he tells us, “but I do make an effort to make the questions as broad-based as possible.”

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The former home of JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) has been listed for sale at $2.4 million. The building is also for lease.

Where this leaves the dormant liquor license for JP’s—one of the few in the District that allows nude dancing—is unclear. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration approved the license’s transfer to a new owner, one Brian Petruska, in October, and it seemed JP’s would reopen. But a lease on the building signed by the former owner of JP’s last summer must not be in force. Restrictions on where strip clubs can operate in the District are so onerous that it’s unlikely JP’s could reopen anywhere other than its old location, which was destroyed in a 2008 fire.

We’ve requested comment from involved parties but haven’t heard anything back yet.

UPDATE: We can now definitively say that no one’s talking. Two members of the family group that owns the building—including Barbara Alafoginis, the listing real estate agent—failed to respond to emailed requests for comment. The phone number Petruska provided to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) has been disconnected, and Petruska’s representative, Andrew Kline of the Veritas law firm, failed to respond to multiple phone messages left with his receptionist over the course of several days. If you hear anything about the future of JP’s, let us know! Our confidential email tips line is csctips at gmail dot com.

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2136 Wisconsin, the long-vacant tan renovation once used as an unlicensed party venue called Wisconsin Overlook and The Vixen, is for sale by its new owner, according to a sign on the property. Last July, the foreclosed building sold for $2.5 million to “2136 Wisconsin Avenue Venture, LLC,” a company controlled by Virginia businessman Seung Lim.

UPDATE: We spoke to Lim, who has been finishing the building’s six condominium units, left incomplete in a 2007 renovation. No new building permits have been issued for the property, but Lim says that’s because the work is minor and in keeping with plans previously approved by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. “We do not touch the wall; we do not do anything about the electric. We just refinish it,” he says.

The condo units are for sale individually, and the property’s first-floor retail space is for lease, Lim says. Interested parties can call Lim at 703-499-4494.

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A sign on the door of the new Town Hall space at 2340 Wisconsin Ave. says the renovated building—most recently home to Blue Ridge Restaurant—will be open for business on Friday, January 13. Town Hall’s former location, 2218 Wisconsin Ave., closed on January 1.

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