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From the February 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Rocklands (2418 Wisconsin Ave.) expects to open its expanded digs around the first of March, according to owner John Snedden. The barbecue joint is annexing 2416 Wisconsin Avenue, the former location of Max’s Best Homemade Ice Cream, which closed in October. Because Rocklands holds a full-service (CR) liquor license, it is required to get Alcoholic Beverage Control Board permission for the expansion, which will increase the number of available seats from 10 to 29 and add two bathrooms.

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From the February 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches (2428 Wisconsin Ave.) opened on January 28. You can eat in at the renovated restaurant—formerly home to Custom TV Solutions—or order carryout or delivery online at jimmyjohns.com.

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If you just want a smidge of frozen yogurt (or a mountain, with no guff) visit sweetFrog, the new self-serve, pay-by-the-ounce frozen yogurt shop at 1737 Wisconsin Ave. The Richmond-based chain has 300 locations in the U.S., U.K., and the Caribbean, but the store near the Social Safeway marks its first D.C. franchise. “sweetFrog is frozen yogurt your way; you determine what goes in your cup, so every creation is perfect,” said company spokesman James Denison in a press release. The shop offers more than 20 flavors and an extensive toppings bar.

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A sign on the door of Einstein Brothers Bagels (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) says the new shop will open for business on October 23. The storefront has been vacant since Fan Fair and Vespa closed in late 2008.

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Mad Fox Brewing Company, a Falls-Church-based brewpub, will open a location in Glover Park next year, according to multiple news outlets including the Georgetown Patch. The Mad Fox Taproom will be located at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Mayfair & Pine.

“Assuming permits and renovation go briskly, the Mad Fox Taproom could be open as early as first quarter 2014,” stated Mad Fox CEO and Executive Brewer Bill Madden in a press release sent to Patch and other news outlets.

UPDATE: Mad Fox sent us our own copy of the press release! It is pasted below:

Mad Fox is Coming to DC
Brewer Bill Madden to Expand Award-Winning Concept with
Opening of Taproom in Glover Park by First Quarter 2014

Falls Church, VA – Following last month’s festive celebration of the third anniversary of its flagship brewpub in Falls Church, Mad Fox Brewing Company announced today that it will expand to Washington, DC, with plans to open a 4,590 square foot taproom at 2218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in Glover Park. Mad Fox Brewing Company Taproom (Mad Fox Taproom), a 127-seat neighborhood establishment, is slated to open by the end of first quarter 2014, depending on the renovations needed and the permitting process.

“Glover Park is a wonderful neighborhood that deserves a great beer bar like the Mad Fox Taproom,” said Mad Fox CEO and Executive Brewer Bill Madden. Mad Fox has been searching for a location in the Nation’s Capital for the past 20 months, scouting out 27 neighborhoods throughout the District. “Glover Park offers an ideal fit for our concept and shares similarities with Falls Church in its demographics and overall environment. And just like in Falls Church, we look forward to becoming an active and positive member of the community, contributing to both the economy and the culinary options of the area.”

The Mad Fox Taproom will showcase its award-winning handcrafted beers with draught and English-style cask service, with up to 24 draught and cask options. Diners can expect a full menu with appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads and small plates.

“All of the beers will be brewed in Falls Church in our 15-barrel brewery. We have plenty of capacity in our brewery and we’ll be able to serve all of our Falls Church fans, wholesale clients and the Glover Park taproom without any compromises.” Madden said. “Though the spotlight will be on our beers, our food is a key part of our concept and will help the taproom evoke a brewpub environment.”

Opening in Washington, DC has been part of the business model ever since Madden and business partner Rick Garvin formulated the Mad Fox concept in 2007. Though the pair eventually settled on Falls Church as its home base, Madden has experience expanding brewing concepts in the region. He served as Executive Brewer at Capitol City Brewing Company where he helped grow from one to five locations during his 10-year tenure.

Madden hopes to have the details finalized in time to take possession of the property in September. Assuming permits and renovation go briskly, the Mad Fox Taproom could be open as early as first quarter 2014.

“Building upon the success of our Falls Church location, we fully expect the Mad Fox Taproom to become a Glover Park destination, with craft beer lovers from all over DC coming to taste our beers.” Madden said. “I’m a big believer in ‘a rising tide lifts all boats,’ and I expect other Glover Park businesses to benefit from our presence, like they have in Falls Church. I can’t wait to bring the Mad Fox atmosphere and experience to the iconic city of Washington, DC.”

The original Falls Church location of Mad Fox Brewing Company is situated between Tysons Corner and Arlington at 444 West Broad Street in Falls Church. Mad Fox has taken home numerous nationwide awards since opening its doors three years ago under Madden’s leadership. This year alone, Mad Fox earned two “Best of 2013” honors by readers of Northern Virginia Magazine: Brewpub and Guy’s Night Out.

Additionally, the Falls Church brewpub remains active within the community and proudly sponsors many civic events, local festivals and business activities. A leader in the craft beer field, Mad Fox beers are featured at Nationals Park and eleven of the best craft beer bars in DC, and this week is a sponsor of DC Beer Week.

Not just a spot for beer connoisseurs, the cuisine at the Mad Fox Falls Church location has received critical acclaim as well. The brewery features a seasonal menu with items made in house from scratch—Executive Chef Andrew Dixon prides himself on using locally sourced produce, meats, cheeses and other farm fresh ingredients.

For additional information or to make reservations, visit the Mad Fox Brewing Company online at http://www.madfoxbrewing.com or call 703.942.6840. Free garage parking is available and the Falls Church brewpub is centrally located between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metro Stations. Follow Mad Fox on Twitter: @MadFoxBrewing or on Facebook: MadFoxBrewing.

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Massage Escape Spa, which offers deep-tissue massage, hot stone massage, and foot massage, opened earlier this week at 2352 Wisconsin Ave. The spa occupies the second and third floors of the Head & Nails manicure shop building, which is located between Bourbon and Arcuri.

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After repeatedly ruling that JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) could reopen without community comment, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board last week decided to investigate the strip club’s new interior configuration before opening its doors to the public.

Since January 2008, when a fire destroyed the original JP’s building, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B has asked the ABC Board several times to consider revoking the club’s liquor license. The ANC has raised questions about the club’s changing ownership, the club’s appropriateness to an increasingly kid-centric neighborhood, and, most recently, its plans to add semi-private performance spaces to the rebuilt club’s interior. The ANC argued that these spaces would increase the likelihood of illegal hanky-panky between performers and patrons and that it constituted a substantial change from the old club’s operations. By law, any substantial change must be approved by the liquor board.

On June 5, the board denied ANC Commissioner Jackie Blumenthal’s written request to investigate the semi-private spaces as a substantial change. But on June 12, after the JP’s ownership applied to reactivate the club’s dormant license, the board decided to hold a hearing on the matter after all. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesman Bill Hager did not respond to emailed requests for comment, but a knowledgeable source outside the agency says that the hearing is likely to involve testimony only from an ABRA investigator. If the liquor board determines that the new interior layout of JP’s constitutes a substantial change, it must then decide whether the change is acceptable, which might involve a second hearing with community input. If the board sees no substantial change to the bar’s operations, it would likely reactivate the liquor license, allowing the club to reopen.

The fact-finding hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19.

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The trattoria Arcuri (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) has made a few changes to the ground-floor space it took over from Kavanagh’s Pizza Pub a few months ago. Gone are the tall booths that separated the bar area from the front dining room—and hid the narrow bar. The idea was to open up the view from outside to make a more inviting, friendly space, says Adam Hiltebeitel, one of the restaurant’s four co-owners. The owners have also redone the bathrooms and created a simple, rustic/industrial design in the dining room with a new bar and new poured-concrete floors. The restaurant will quietly open for dinner later this week with a limited menu so staff can work out the inevitable kinks in their procedures. Its official opening is June 22, Hiltebeitel says.

UPDATE: Prince of Petworth has more info and tons of pix.

UPDATE 2: Eater has some tasty deets about the cuisine.

UPDATE 3: Patch has info on the interior and the housemade limoncello!

UPDATE 4: City Paper has more on the limoncello.

UPDATE 5: Brightest Young Things goes into detail on food prep.

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Look out Bruegger’s: Einstein Bros. Bagels is coming at you. This morning, the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment approved the Colorado-based chain’s application to open a restaurant at 2233 Wisconsin Ave., in the former Vespa and Fan Fair spaces, which have been vacant since 2008. As we reported in March, Einstein’s needed a special zoning exception because its use of disposable silverware and food-warming equipment (specifically a soup warmer, convection oven, and panini press) classified it as a fast-food restaurant, which is limited to 18 seats. Einstein’s architectural plans call for a dining room with 55 seats, plus seating for 27 more outdoors.

According to the website of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, today’s zoning decision clears the way for the Einstein’s building permit application to be approved. A spokeswoman for Einstein Bros. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The imminent reopening of JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) could herald a citywide increase in strip-club sleaze, reports the Washington Post. Plans for the club, recently rebuilt after a 2008 fire, include dance platforms in “private alcoves” that might invite incursions into the required three-foot distance between entertainers and patrons, critics say. “Washington has one of the cleanest strip club attitudes in the whole nation,” said a source identified by the Post as a “dismayed competitor.” “This is going to change the whole city. If they allow this to open, I assure you other clubs will follow suit. You don’t want Washington to become like Las Vegas.”

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