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Archive for December, 2012

Custom TV Solutions Goodbye“After over 25 years in Glover Park our lease is up,” reads a sign in the window of Custom TV Solutions (2428 Wisconsin Ave.) this morning. “We will continue to sell great audio and the new super slim TVs with beautiful installations” from a new shop at 1301 35th St. NW.

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JP’s strip club is one step closer to reopening. Yesterday, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs issued a permit to construct walls and stages inside 2412 Wisconsin Ave. The building shell is a replacement for the club’s original home, which was destroyed in a January 2008 fire.

According to notes on the building permit, the new interior will include two performance stages; three tabletop platforms upon which dancers may also perform; and two “cubicle-style” booths, each of which will accommodate one or two “VIP customers” plus a dancer on the table. “There is under no circumstances to be ANY lap dances, touching of customers, or the allowing of customers to touch you,” the building permit notes specify. “You are expressly prohibited from ‘MASSAGING’ a customer, and are expressly prohibited from ‘SITTING ON A CUSTOMER’S LAP.'”

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Old Europe Christmas interiorOld Europe (2434 Wisconsin Ave.) will be open Christmas day from noon until 8 p.m., serving goose and game specials in addition to their regular menu. For reservations, call 202-333-7600.

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The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) has applied to sell alcohol on a new rooftop deck, and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is soliciting input on the application. The ABC Board will hold a protest hearing at 10 a.m. on February 11 on the 4th floor of 2000 14th St. NW. Anyone wishing to lodge a formal protest against the application must submit a request to appear at the hearing by January 28, in accordance with the agency’s protest process. Any written petitions regarding the proposed deck must also be submitted by that date.

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On most Mondays, Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) is closed. But on December 24—Christmas Eve—the restaurant will host a prix fixe dinner. “Some of our regulars have requested us to be open,” explains chef Emily Sprissler in an email, “so we will be open.”  The restaurant will offer a three-course meal—including a choice of glazed rib-eye steak, citrus-roasted chicken, or a TBD veggie option—starting at 5 p.m., for a charge of $30. Dessert will be pecan pie a la mode.

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From the December/January 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On October 2, the Massage Escape Spa Company won zoning approval to construct a massage spa at 2352 Wisconsin Ave., next door to Bourbon. The spa is planned for the building’s second and third floors. It will feature a reception area plus eight private massage rooms, according to plans submitted to the National Capital Planning Commission. As we have previously reported, the building’s first floor is in the process of becoming a nail salon.

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From the December/January 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A good deed went briefly punished on November 11, after Davar Ashgrizzadeh, owner of Café Romeo’s (2132 Wisconsin Ave.), lent his Toyota Land Cruiser to a homeless man to sleep in. The following morning, the vehicle was missing from the restaurant’s parking lot, and Ashgrizzadeh called police. Soon enough, the vehicle was located and returned to its owner. “We got it back; it wasn’t stolen,” says Ashgrizzadeh. “Somebody who wasn’t authorized to use it was using it.” He declined to elaborate further.

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Sad tidings from the Prince of Petworth blog: The Dog Shop (1625 Wisconsin Ave.) will be closing in a few weeks. In the meantime, dog supplies are 30% off and cat supplies are 75% off. :(

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From the December/January 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The owner of the liquor license for Margarita’s Restaurant is actively seeking a buyer, according to a status report she submitted to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on November 26. The owner, Maria Villalta, has approached Capital Restaurant Concepts—owners of J. Paul’s (3218 M St.) and Paolo’s Ristorante (1303 Wisconsin Ave.)—as well as the owners of Angelico la Pizzeria (2313 Wisconsin Ave.) about potentially buying the license, the report stated. By December 31, Villalta must submit proof of a firm deal to either transfer the license to a new owner or use it to open a new restaurant herself. If she does not, the ABC Board will cancel the license, according to an October 24 board order. Margarita’s Restaurant was formerly located at 2317 Wisconsin Ave., the current home of Sprig & Sprout.

Villalta’s license is one of two full-service (CR) licenses going unused under Glover Park’s license moratorium. The other license, one of two added when the moratorium was renewed last spring, has never been used and had not been applied for at press time, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesman.

 

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From the December/January 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Heritage Asia Thai Bistro (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) will close on December 15. Its sister restaurant upstairs, Heritage India, will remain open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. “We are considering other possible uses of the first-floor space,” the owners wrote in an emailed announcement. “As we explore options to showcase another type of exclusive cuisine, we invite you to follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest news.”

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