After more than two weeks of silence in the face of a public uproar over the end of the lease at Max’s Best Homemade Ice Cream (2416 Wisconsin Ave.), landlords Gail and Barbara Bassin plan to release a statement on the matter by this time tomorrow, their attorney tells Washingtonian.
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From the April 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:
Late last year, Einstein Bros. Bagels applied for a building permit to construct a 55-seat restaurant at 2233 Wisconsin Ave., in the former home of Vespa and Fan Fair. Because the proposed restaurant would use disposable utensils and food-warming equipment, it is considered a fast food establishment under District zoning regulations. This means it needs a zoning exception to operate at its proposed location. In early March, Einstein applied for this exception, and its zoning case is scheduled to be heard on June 4.
Einstein’s had a shop near Safeway until the middle of 2011, when it closed due to redevelopment of the property. Joseph A. Bank clothiers now occupies that space.
The newly expanded shopping arcade at 1815 Wisconsin Ave., next door to (and owned by) Safeway, will be home to a Noodles & Company fast food shop and one of the area’s first two locations of The Dry Bar, a blowouts-only hair salon, the DCMud blog reports. Construction of The Dry Bar is expected to begin on August 2, the blog states.
The cemetery at 35th St. and Wisconsin Ave. “serves as a solemn gatekeeper to the neighborhood of Glover Park,” writes Jonathan Gillis in the Georgetown Hoya. “Inside, however, Holy Rood is a treasure trove of American history. Home to the remains of former slaves, Irish and German immigrants and at least one veteran of the Revolutionary War, the graveyard is also, strangely enough, the property of Georgetown University.” Gillis—and his main source Carlton Fletcher, Glover Park’s neighborhood historian—provide an enlightening look at the past and possible future of this hallowed (and valuable) ground.
From the November 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:
A police officer driving north in a blue Chevy Impala hit a 30-year-old Glover Park woman—and her dog—while they were crossing Wisconsin Ave. in the crosswalk at 35th St. on October 5, according to a police report. The woman was taken to George Washington University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The incident is under investigation by the police department’s Major Crash Unit.
Exclusive to the online Glover Park Gazette:
Blue Ridge (2340 Wisconsin Ave.) has new ownership—and Town Hall (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) will soon have a new home. Last night, owners of the two restaurants closed on a deal that will allow Town Hall to move one long block north into the Blue Ridge space, which has been closed since early this year. Town Hall will assume Blue Ridge’s liquor license—a transfer the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board OK’d in early August—and may offer its own space and license to a new restaurateur.
Blue Ridge owners Eli Hengst and Jared Rager had been planning to renovate and reopen Blue Ridge as a neighborhood coffeehouse and diner, but this spring, troubles at a restaurant to which they’d sublet space, Mendocino Grille & Wine Bar (2917 M St.), diverted their attention and funds. Hengst says that Town Hall’s five-man ownership team will be a good one for the Blue Ridge space, which features an upstairs bar area as well as a back patio. “Given their long history in the neighborhood and their stated intention of wanting to create a more neighborhood-friendly restaurant, Jared and I felt the Town Hall owners were a good fit,” he says. “We are sincerely disappointed we do not currently have the resources to see our vision of a community coffeehouse and diner through to completion.” Town Hall opened in its current location in 2005.
Town Hall managing partner Paul Holder says the restaurant’s owners will be renovating their new space “in the coming weeks” and hope to move there by Thanksgiving, with as little downtime as possible—”a few days at most.” Though they have begun marketing the current Town Hall license, “there’s still a chance we may keep it and put a different concept in,” he says. Either way, Holder adds, the ownership team is committed to making the new restaurant “a valuable addition to the neighborhood.”
Four part-owners of Gin & Tonic (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) have lost their bid to expand the capacity of their Georgetown night spot, George (3251 Prospect St.), The Georgetown Dish reports.
“The May 4 decision called George’s petition ‘inappropriate based on the Petitioner’s previous and current failures to comply with the ABC laws,’” the Dish stated. Near neighbors of the club have complained of noise and inappropriate behavior there. Two separate assaults on the dance floor at George last year will be the subject of an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board hearing scheduled for May 18.