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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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2136 to 2140 Wisconsin AveFrom the May 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The vacant lot at 2140 Wisconsin Ave. (a few doors up from Café
Romeo’s) will become a “very nice, top-of-the-line” condominium
building within a year, according to local developer Zak
Elyasi. The lot—hidden for years behind a construction fence—was
recently purchased by Elyasi’s parents, Abdul and Ramzia Elyasi of
Greensboro, North Carolina. Son Zak, managing member of Raz Development,
says plans are in the works to construct a residential building
that may include ground-floor commercial space. The development
group hopes to begin foundation work within the next month or two
and complete the building in the spring of 2014.

The family recently completed a project in Columbia Heights that
yielded two spacious luxury condo units, Zak says. Asked whether the
Glover Park building’s façade would be as close to the sidewalk as its
blocky beige neighbor at 2136 Wisconsin Ave., he replied that while
final plans have not yet been drawn, “it’s going to look nicer than that
beige building.”

The lot’s previous owner, Davar Ashgrizzadeh—who also owns
Café Romeo’s—bought the property in 2008 for $995,000 and sold it on
March 22 for $1,250,000, according to city land records.

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From the May 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Last month we reported that the Tennis Zone building (2319
Wisconsin Ave.) was seeking a retail tenant. But that doesn’t mean the
tennis store is leaving, says Remy Esquenet, who bought the property
in January for $1.2 million. (If Esquenet’s name sounds familiar, it
might be because he also owns 2317 Wisconsin Ave., the home of Sprig
& Sprout.) Esquenet hopes to expand the building to accommodate a
second tenant. Tennis Zone “may stay where they are,” Esquenet tells
us. “They may move up to the second floor.”

Esquenet provided architectural sketches of front and side views for a potential expansion.

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2400 Wisconsin, March 2, 2013Kavanagh’s Pizza Pub (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) closed in late January. “We are truly grateful for all of the support we have received from our customers, many of whom have become good friends,” owners Lee Abbott and Kevin McFillin wrote in a farewell letter. “We wish our successors all the best! Thank you for a great 8 1/2 years!

The ground-floor restaurant was sold to a group of four local friends who plan to reopen in mid-April as Arcuri, a trattoria featuring brick oven pizza, antipasti, and other Italian fare. The décor will be “rustic with an industrial city feel,” co-owner Adam Hiltebeitel tells us. The restaurant’s chef will be co-owner Richard Jones, formerly of 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church and Locanda Verde in TriBeCa.

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We’ve been hearing rumors this week that Kavanagh’s (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) is on the verge of being sold. Now a liquor license transfer application reveals to whom. A limited liability corporation named “we are 4 partners” has applied to take over the license for the popular pizzeria. The members of the corporation are Adam Hiltebeitel, Joseph Chapman, Bryce Gerlach, and Richard A. Jones.

The application states that the switch in ownership would mean no substantial change to the area’s property values, parking, or peace and quiet. But the sample menu supplied as part of the application suggests a significant culinary shift away from Kavanagh’s simple, hearty fare. Potential dishes include bone marrow crostini with chestnuts, shallots, and lemon; charred octopus with smoked fingerlings, celery and soppressata (a dry salami); agnolotti (a kind of ravioli) with pumpkin, brown butter, and sage; and prosciutto-wrapped cod with fregola (a pasta similar to couscous), quince, roasted fennel, and salsa verde. The sample menu also lists several pizzas, including clam with bread crumbs, lemon, oregano, and four cheeses.

According to a spokesman for the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, the transfer application is still awaiting review by an agency licensing specialist. If it passes that, it will be presented to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for consideration.

An email to Kavanagh’s sent yesterday afternoon received no reply, and this evening the pizzeria’s owner could not be reached by phone, nor could the attorney for “we are 4 partners.”

UPDATED: PoPville reports that the new restaurant would be called Arcuri.

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2251 Wisconsin Rendering - Rear View
Glover Park Hardware and Washington Sports Club will remain open during a major revamp of their home at 2251 Wisconsin Ave., according to Gordon Nielsen of Summit Commercial Real Estate. Nielsen and business partner Guy d’Amecourt recently brokered the complex’s sale to a joint venture of Altus Realty Partners, Chesapeake Realty Partners, and Ellisdale Construction for $20.1 million.

The buyers plan to install a new glass facade and renovate the retail space, which includes a vacant storefront formerly leased by MyerEmco. In addition, they will construct an 81-unit apartment building with two levels of underground parking on land now covered by a rear parking lot. “The apartments will average 635 square feet with a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units looking to target young professionals,” states a press release provided by Nielsen. “The property overlooks the parkland of the Naval Observatory and Vice President’s residence.” The garage will include 97 parking spaces, Nielsen said, but he did not know how many of these would be reserved for tenants.

The image above, provided by Summit, shows the rear of the planned apartment complex; here’s another Summit image showing a side view:
2251 Wisconsin Rendering - Side View

The website of Brown Craig Turner architectural firm has more images of the planned apartment complex:

Wisconsin 1 Wisconsin 2 Wisconsin 3 Wisconsin 4

And Chesapeake Realty Partners posted its own rendering:

2251 Wisconsin Ave

UPDATE: Construction on the facade is to begin this July, with the residential units in the rear completed by July 2014, the Georgetown Patch reports.

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On October 3, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board OK’d a controversial license transfer, approving the application of Jason K. Daniel and Philip M. Mathew to take over the liquor license for JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.), an ABRA spokesman tells us. Last month, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B had requested that the ABC Board make no transfer until they held a public hearing to assess the fitness of the two young men to revive the strip club, which has been closed since a January 2008 fire. No such hearing was held, but the board has already committed to scheduling a public protest hearing before after allowing the new owners to begin operating the club. Building permit applications to construct interior walls, bars, and stages are pending.

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