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From the March 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On February 14, a patron of the Salvadoran consulate (2332 Wisconsin Ave.) became angry when told he’d have to wait more than two hours for his appointment, according to a police report. The irked patron began taking photos of consulate employees “in a very aggressive manner,” the report states. One of the employees then started taking photos of the angry man, who grabbed the camera out of the employee’s hand and fled the premises with it. The incident was classified by police as a robbery.

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From the March 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Sometime on the afternoon of January 14, someone stole $240 in cash from the till at BodySmith (2200 Wisconsin Ave.), according to a police report. And on February 1 at around 9 p.m., a man entered CVS (2226 Wisconsin Ave.) and stole four containers of deodorant, a police report stated. He fled southbound on Wisconsin Ave. There were no suspects in either case, police sources said.

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From the March 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Bad news for sandwich fans: Potbelly isn’t coming. The quirky chain eatery had its eyes on the former Vespa space at 2233 Wisconsin Ave.—and even secured a building permit to renovate the vacant storefront—but it never signed a lease and “is no longer pursuing this location,” according to spokesperson Jennifer Jaacks.
We have no idea why this particular lease wasn’t signed, but since Vespa closed in 2008, we’ve heard of several businesses that were interested in leasing the space but couldn’t seal a deal. It’s almost as if the landlord, Oliver Carr Properties, doesn’t want to rent it. (A Carr representative did not respond to our request for comment.)

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From the March 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

In recent weeks, Glover Park restaurants have been hit with a rash of alcohol thefts. OK, a pair of alcohol thefts. On January 19 around 6 p.m., a man entered Old Europe (2434 Wisconsin Ave.) and placed a carryout order, according to a police report. As his server went to the rear of the store to convey the order, the man took a bottle of Der Lachs Goldwasser liqueur and left through the front door.

Then early in the morning on February 5, someone broke into Heritage India (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) through a rear door, broke a glass door to reach the restaurant’s upper level, and stole several bottles of alcohol with an estimated total value of $300, a police report stated. (The doors, by contrast, were worth $3,000, according to the report.)

(Illustration from a T-shirt designed by Etsy’s Hungry Knife Artist Collective)

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An unsigned website created yesterday is collecting names on a petition to end Glover Park’s liquor license moratorium. “We support permanently ending the restaurant liquor license (CR licenses) moratorium in Glover Park,” states the site’s manifesto. Doing so “will create new potential possibilities for many of the retail vacancies in Glover Park, not just now, but in the future as well.”

The site, gpmoratorium.com, argues that Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B’s February 9 vote to preserve the license cap, while increasing the number of available CR licenses to 14, perpetuates a barrier to new restaurants in the neighborhood by inflating the price of each available license. CR licenses allow service of all alcoholic beverages. (There is no limit to the number of DR—i.e., beer and wine—licenses in Glover Park, though only one local restaurant, Café Romeo’s, holds such a license.)

The website urges like-minded neighbors to attend the Glover Park Citizens’ Association meeting on March 6 and vote in support of repeal. Since only dues-paying members can vote, the site encourages readers to bring checkbooks if they haven’t yet paid the $20 annual dues. But non-members with checkbooks will be in for a surprise: according to GPCA officials, the association has a 30-day waiting period before new members can vote.

(UPDATE: People who joined GPCA at the March 6 meeting were barred from voting there, but new members who had paid their dues one or more days previously were allowed to vote, attendees tell us. Nevertheless, the vote went in favor of the ANC’s moratorium plan—though moratorium opponents believe it might have gone the other way if prospective members had known they’d be allowed to vote if they joined before March 6. The vote tally was 29-4, and the anti-moratorium petition now has more than 100 signatories.

In fact, moratorium opponents have questioned the validity of barring any new members from voting. The GPCA bylaws posted on the GPCA website do not specify a 30-day waiting period for new members. Rather, they state that “[A]ny person who seeks to reinstate his or her membership” by paying dues at a meeting “shall not be reinstated for voting purposes until the next meeting following the meeting in which the dues were tendered.” According to GPCA president Pat Clark, “there has been a long time practice of waiting 30 days, I’m told by other presidents, that goes back for perhaps 15 or 20 years or more.” Long-term GPCA members recalled a vote codifying this waiting period, and are currently researching past meeting minutes to try to discover the wording, she says, adding that “this issue may be overcome by events, as we are in the process of making some amendments to our bylaws, and the new wording will be more explicit so that we don’t have to interpret it.”

Says Joe Kildea, a spokesman for the anti-moratorium group, “While we applaud the GPCA’s efforts to clarify the bylaws and create an enforced standard, it is at least concerning that the organization only did so after being called out for suppressing a vote. Consistent bylaws are an item of basic competence for a community association and hopefully this will encourage more residents of Glover Park to participate in our community.”)

Neither the ANC nor the GPCA has final say on whether the moratorium is extended after it expires in April. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will decide that, though by law it must give “great weight” to the ANC’s vote.

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From the March 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A new restaurant that blends San Francisco cuisine with “the simplicity and welcoming atmosphere of a British pub” will take over Town Hall‘s former location in late April, says its chef, Emily Sprissler. Called Mayfair & Pine, the new eatery at 2218 Wisconsin Ave. will be owned by Sprissler and her husband, fellow chef Jason Coté, both of whom were trained in the Bay Area. Their restaurant will be “very family-oriented,” with a menu emphasis on fish and other seafood, Sprissler says.

A 2006 contestant on Bravo TV’s Top Chef, Sprissler grew up in the DC area and has been back in Virginia with Coté for about three years. The couple had been hunting for a restaurant space in Virginia, not DC, but that changed after their broker urged them to look at 2218 Wisconsin Ave. The business was newly on the market due to Town Hall’s January move to its current location, 2340 Wisconsin Ave.

The first time Sprissler came to look at the property, she saw a packed Guy Mason playground and sensed a neighborhood vibe she’d been missing since her time in San Francisco. “I had my three-year-old son with me,” she recalls, “and the minute we got out of the car, I knew that, come hell or high water, we needed to make this work.”

Patrons won’t notice many changes to the restaurant’s interior, Sprissler jokes: “Our budget is a can of paint.” She plans a kids’ menu with entrees at $8.50 or below and a “family happy hour” once a week with reduced prices on kids’ meals all day long. “And we’ll probably always have a hot-fudge sundae” with freshly made fudge sauce, she adds. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner every day except Monday.

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Kitchen (2404 Wisconsin Ave.) is hosting a “Southern Singles Party” on February 14. The event features $10 draft pitchers and half-price burgers.

Old Europe (2434 Wisconsin Ave.) is serving a special Valentine’s menu February 10 through 19.

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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