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A restaurant named Sushi Keiko has leased 2309 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Sushi Ko. On March 12, company president Wei Zhang applied for a liquor license for the new restaurant. The Sushi Keiko menu will feature a variety of Asian foods, including sushi and sashimi, small plates such as grilled baby octopus with mango sauce, and entrees including roasted Maine salmon, the application states. Sushi Ko closed its Glover Park location last summer.

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From the April 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The new seating area (and bathrooms) at Rocklands Barbeque (2418 Wisconsin Ave.) should open around April 15, according to owner John Snedden. The restaurant’s expansion into the former site of Max’s Best Homemade Ice Cream (2416 Wisconsin Ave.) will add 19 seats—for a total of 29—and two customer bathrooms—for a total of two.

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From the April 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A building permit for a rooftop deck at The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) was issued on February 7, and the deck should be under construction soon, according to tavern co-owner Fritz Brogan. “Due to the building’s age and some other logistical issues, construction planning has been more complicated than we originally anticipated,” Brogan says, “but we’re eagerly awaiting the day that our neighbors can enjoy cool drinks on a warm day upstairs.” Brogan expects the deck to open this summer. The new outdoor space will seat 51 patrons, according to the permit.

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From the March 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Oscar Amurrio has applied for a permit to add a restaurant to his home at 2138 Wisconsin Ave. The mansard-roofed brick rowhouse, which has for years been obscured by a blue construction fence, sits next to the vacant lot at 2140 Wisconsin where developer Zak Elyasi is building eight luxury condominiums. On the other side of Amurrio’s property is 2136 Wisconsin, a tan, blocky architectural monstrosity that now houses SunBrite Windows and Doors on its ground floor and rental units above.

Amurrio, whose father was born in Spain, says he plans to build a front addition to his home that would house a Spanish restaurant on the ground level. The second floor would house Amurrio’s decorative plastering business, Eight Brothers, and the upper floors would include two dwelling units. The building would have a modern glass-and-limestone façade, in keeping with the glass-front condos going up next door, he says.

In October, the city government issued a stop-work order to Amurrio for doing foundation work on his property without a permit. He filed his building permit application on January 9.

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Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) has promised not to apply for permission to create private dancing spaces for one or two patrons, under a formal agreement with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B. The club’s promise would obtain unless another strip club within two miles is permitted to create such spaces, or unless the law against strippers performing within three feet of patrons is changed. The formal agreement cleared the way for a three-year renewal of the club’s liquor license.

Good Guys has never applied for permission to create private dancing spaces. But last year, the neighborhood’s other strip club, JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.), tried to gain permission from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to put dancers on small tabletops and in semi-private alcoves. The ANC opposed this application, which was dismissed when a JP’s representative failed to appear at a required hearing.

The ANC formally protested the Good Guys license renewal on the grounds that the club is not appropriate for such a family-centered neighborhood. It withdrew the protest in light of the  February 24 compromise agreement, which also requires Good Guys to place a security camera outside its front entrance. In recent years, a few scuffles have occurred on the sidewalk in front of the establishment, and in 2007, a man who had been kicked out of the club for unruly behavior returned and started a fire that killed a young manager.

The agreement submitted to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board included a third provision: that all Good Guys performers would use the building’s rear entrance before 5 p.m. (Good Guys opens at 11 a.m., while its competitor JP’s is not allowed to open until 5 p.m.) But commissioners struck that provision after a City Paper reporter suggested to them that it was discriminatory.* “Would fully clothed women who happen to strip for a living really destroy the family-friendliness of the neighborhood simply by walking on a sidewalk nearby?” asked Perry Stein in a March 7 story.  In an email quoted in Stein’s story, commissioner Jackie Blumenthal wrote that the ANC’s main sidewalk concern is the behavior of club patrons, not staff. “It didn’t occur to me that using the rear door would appear to be discriminatory until you raised it,” Blumenthal wrote to Stein. “Thank you for making us rethink this issue.” On March 12, the ABC Board approved the compromise agreement without this third provision.

*The first version of this story erroneously reported that all three provisions of the submitted agreement had been approved.

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From the February 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

 

The liquor license for Sushi Ko (2309 Wisconsin Ave.) is officially in the dormant “safekeeping” status, after a December 11 vote by the ABC Board. Restaurant owner Daisuke Utagawa requested that the license be placed in safekeeping because he “decided to lease the space out to another tenant,” according to his application for the status. The ABC Board voted to allow the license to stay in safekeeping through June 11. The Sushi Ko building is currently for rent.

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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:

Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) now offers delivery from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., as well as curbside pickup at their back entrance on 37th Street. To order, call 202-380-9353.

 

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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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The  monthly supper club at Sprig & Sprout (2317 Wisconsin Ave.) will be 100% vegan this month, according to a press release. “We worked with the female monks of Bien An Tu Temple to develop a taste bud tantalizing and guilt-free meal!” the release states. “Join us upstairs, as owner Jen [Hoang] walks you through 7 courses of what Buddhists have been eating for centuries. The original date of February 17  sold out, so the restaurant has added a second seating on Monday, February 24.

The seven-course prix fixe menu will include Goi Ngo Sen Chay (Salad of Lotus Stem, White Tremella Mushrooms, Carrots, Cucumber, and seasoned Bean Curd with a mix of Viet Herbs) and Canh Chua Chay (Sweet & Sour Tamarind Soup with Pineapples, Tomatoes, Okra, and Ngo Om). The dinner costs $40 per person; reservations are required and there’s a no-cancellation policy. For information or to make a reservation, email management@sprigandsproutdc.com or call 202-333-2569 and ask for Jen.

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