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We’re hearing that 2200 Wisconsin Ave.—home to BodySmith Training Gym and, since last fall, to large “for rent” banners as well—may soon welcome local fro-yo-and-salad chain Sweetgreen. Nic Jammet, Sweetgreen’s co-owner, confirmed last week to City Paper that he expects to open a Glover Park location, though he added that no papers had yet been signed.

According to one source, the plan is for BodySmith to retain gym space in the building’s basement via a separate entrance, while Sweetgreen inhabits the glass-fronted retail space above.

Neither Jammet nor the owner of BodySmith responded to requests for comment.

UPDATE: A member of the Glover Park listserv writes, “It seems that Sweetgreen is coming at the expense of yoga and boot camp classes at Body+Smith :-( Body+Smith is closing their front studio space effective Tuesday [July 31] to give the entire space over to Sweetgreen. They will also be creating a side entrance on W Place for their training and spa clients.”

 

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Friends of Guy Mason will host an ice cream social at the rec center’s park (3600 Calvert St.) on Sunday, July 22nd from 3 to 5 p.m. The free public event will feature children’s activities, live entertainment, and ice cream donated by Something Sweet.

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On July 11, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board held a hearing to discuss the fate of the liquor license attached to Margarita’s Restaurant (formerly at 2317 Wisconsin Ave.). But licensee Maria Villalta failed to appear at the hearing, so instead, the ABC Board ruled the license abandoned, according to a board order. Villalta has until July 25 to reapply for safekeeping status for the license, which has been idle since Margarita’s closed in late 2008. If Villalta doesn’t reapply by the deadline, the license will be cancelled, the order states. 2317 Wisconsin, now vacant, is the future home of Sprig & Sprout Vietnamese restaurant.

One of the 14 full-service (CR) licenses allowed under Glover Park’s liquor license moratorium is already unused and available to apply for, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesperson. The cancellation of the Margarita’s license would make a second CR license available.

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Mayfair & Pine, the new family-friendly gastropub at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., opens today at 11:30 a.m. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner six days a week; it’s closed on Mondays.

On the menu, according to a press release, will be “a rotating assortment of homemade savory pies including shepherd’s pie, chicken pot pie, and fish/lobster pie; a candied-apple salad; nostalgic dessert classics such as [chef Emily Sprissler's] signature, never-to-be-removed-from-the-menu hot fudge sundae; holiday-inspired sandwich staples such as the Thanksgiving sandwich; and an impressive wine list featuring notable American wines.” The children’s menu features “playful, made-from-scratch classics such as grilled cheese, chicken strips, and fish and chips, all made utilizing fresh, high-quality ingredients.”

The restaurant’s hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Local salad and frozen yogurt chain Sweetgreen has registered a limited liability corporation for a shop in Glover Park, according to the City Paper’s Jessica Sidman. Co-owner Nic Jammet told Sidman that no location has been finalized, but the company would like to expand to Glover Park “eventually.” Writes Sidman, “It’s too soon to say when ‘eventually’ might be.”

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Olga Boikess of the Zagat blog takes readers inside Mayfair & Pine, the gastropub set to open July 20 at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Town Hall.

As we have reported, chef Emily Sprissler and her husband Jason Coté plan a family-friendly restaurant with touches of London (the ambience) and San Francisco (the cuisine). Boikess describes Sprissler’s menu as “childhood faves re-imaged for everyday dining,” including potpies, a candied-apple salad, and a children’s menu featuring grilled cheese and fish ‘n’ chips. Adds the writer: “Future plans include family happy-hour deals offering inexpensive children’s plates, with the lure of a free cookie if the vegetables are eaten.”

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On July 2 around 3 p.m., a black Specialized mountain bike was stolen from the bicycle rack in front of 2209 Wisconsin Ave., the home of Ligne Roset and Natuzzi Italia furniture, according to a police report. “Area canvassed with negative results,” the report stated. The bicycle, which was chained to the rack, was worth about $200, according to the report.

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