Archive for the ‘Closings’ Category

JP's eviction, shot by a citizen journalistWe hear that a U.S. Marshall is currently [on the morning of July 17] overseeing the eviction of JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.). The strip club’s belongings span the sidewalk space from Z-Burger (2414 Wisconsin Ave.) down to Heads & Nails (2352 Wisconsin Ave.), an eyewitness reports.

The club had filed for bankruptcy protection on June 20, but Judge S. Martin Teel dismissed the case on July 2. JP’s corporate holding company, BJ Enterprises, had sought to represent itself in the suit, but that is not allowed in bankruptcy court. “It is well-established that corporate entities such as the debtor are not permitted to appear pro-se and must be represented and appear through counsel,” Teel’s order states.

JP’s shut down temporarily in early June, after the Office of Tax and Revenue placed a $654,077.87 lien on the business for back sales tax. Although that lien was almost certainly at least partly in error—since it included tax owed for several years when the club generated no sales—an OTR representative declined to confirm that the club’s tax debts had been paid in full.

Meanwhile, it seems the club’s landlord, a group of members of the Alafoginis family, had filed suit against the corporate owner of BJ Enterprises, The Vice Group, on January 27 of last year, according to landlord-tenant court records. A writ of restitution—basically, permission to evict the tenant—was approved by the court on May 13.

We have called representatives of the Vice Group and the Alafoginis family for details and will update when we hear back.

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Sushi Ko (2309 Wisconsin Ave.) is on the verge of resolving the tax issues that forced it to close in June, a city spokesman told the Georgetown Patch. “Once they finalize things with [the Office of Taxation and Revenue] and they can get a clean hands certificate from OTR, then we are good to issue them a new business license and they can start operations,” said Helder Gil of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Sushi-Ko owed the city more than $700,000 in back taxes.

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Jonah’s Treehouse (2121 Wisconsin Ave.) is scheduled to close at the end of April, according to an April 14 letter to clients from owner Vicki Gersten. The structured play center for tots was founded “when our son Jonah was three,” Gersten wrote to parents and friends. Now, with Jonah in middle school and his two younger siblings in elementary school, “I find myself immersed in kids’ activities and increasingly ready for the next phase of my career,” she wrote. Classes will continue through April 30, according to the letter. Gersten, who has accepted a job as assistant head of the Feynman School, a private elementary school in Bethesda, did not respond to a phone call requesting comment.

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Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) has closed, The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema reports. Chef Emily Sprissler had some tart parting words for the neighborhood, Sietsema writes:

Did competition do them in? “We did not have any competition when it came to food on the strip,” says the chef. “No one had the chops, the creativity.” People in the area, she adds, preferred getting meals “delivered to their door.”

We’ll give her this: that’s a creative explanation for the restaurant’s troubles.

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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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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:

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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