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From the December 2014-January 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) is looking to crowdfund the construction of a rooftop deck. An online campaign launched on October 7 offers rewards in exchange for investment. Anyone who donates $20 will get a $20 credit towards his or her Mason Inn bar tab. Donate $100 and get a $100 bar credit plus a “sweet T-shirt.” Any funds raised will go towards building “a spectacular rooftop that will over look Wisconsin Avenue and Guy Mason Park,” the campaign’s page states. Last year, Mason Inn secured permission from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to serve drinks on a future rooftop deck.

Donations were not exactly pouring in at our press time in mid-November: only $90 had been pledged towards a goal of $150,000. The campaign runs through December 6 at indiegogo.com/projects/glover-park-rooftop.

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Arcuri (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) has added speedy lunch service Monday through Friday from noon to 2:30 pm. Order and pay at the bar, then take a seat and a server will bring your meal over when it’s ready.

“We wanted to make our lunch more fast-casual,” explains co-owner Adam Hiltebeitel. “It’s a trend that seems to resonate on the block for lunch.” Choose a wood-fired pizza, a salad, or sandwiches including prosciutto with coppa and aged provolone or pepperoni with capicola and mozzarella.

“There’s more to come as we roll out our new lunch service—soups, sandwiches and other Italian specialties,” Hiltebeitel adds. “Please stop by and try our lunch special: two slices and a salad for $8.”

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From the November 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Last month, we told you that the former owner of JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) was suing the man he sold the strip club to. Michael Papanicolas claims that Paul Kadlick still owes him $375,000 on the sale. (Wisconsin Ventures LLC, a corporation with which Kadlick is affiliated, is a co-defendant in Papanicolas’s suit.) On October 17, Papanicolas appeared in court to say he hadn’t yet been able to find Kadlick to serve him papers in the lawsuit.

Too bad Papanicolas wasn’t at the courthouse the day before: Kadlick was there in person for sentencing in an assault case. That case sprang from an incident in March of 2013 when Kadlick and two of his business associates—including Phil Mathew, the managing partner of JP’s—broke into a rental house in Southeast and punched its resident in an attempt to get him to move out. According to court documents, they called the victim a “squatter,” though he told police he paid rent. (Ironically, JP’s was evicted from its building in July of this year for nonpayment of rent.)

Kadlick pled guilty to the assault and, on October 16, received a 45-day suspended sentence and was ordered to complete six months of probation. Mathew also pled guilty, but at press time had not been sentenced.

That’s the misdemeanor portion of this month’s JP’s news. In the felony portion: it turns out that one of the club’s financial backers, Lawrence Carl Nelson, was indicted in Maryland last year for conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine and for possessing two firearms as a former felon. The federal government identified the JP’s liquor license as one of Nelson’s assets. His indictment stated that, if he were convicted, the government would seize the license. In a restraining order, it forbade Kadlick, Mathew, and their associates from disposing of it.

On May 9 of this year, Nelson pled guilty to both of the charges against him. His sentencing hearing is set for Monday, January 5. Several parties, including Kadlick, Papanicolas, and the Alafoginis family—the stiffed landlords of 2412 Wisconsin Avenue—may try to lay claim to the license.

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From the November 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On September 22, Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) was the site of a second-degree theft: someone stole one bottle of Grey Goose vodka and three bottles of Jose Cuervo tequila. Security video footage showed the culprit: a tall, thin man who looked to be in his 40s. Police printed out still shots of the thief and distributed them to other businesses on the commercial strip.

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From the October 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) may have closed, but its drama lives on. In July, the strip club’s former owner, Michael Papanicolas, sued the company he sold it to, Wisconsin Ventures LLC, for breach of contract. (Two months after the August, 2012 sale, Wisconsin Ventures turned the club over to The Vice Group, a different company with some of the same owners.)

Papanicolas’s complaint alleges that Wisconsin Ventures still owes him $375,000 from the deal. Paul Kadlick, a principal of Wisconsin Ventures and spokesman for The Vice Group, is named as a co-defendant in the suit. According to the complaint, the total purchase price for the club was $600,000, and Papanicolas received a hefty down payment, as well as scheduled monthly payments of $1,500 through last September. “Since October 1, 2013, and through the present, Plaintiff has not received any payments whatsoever,” the complaint states. Neither Kadlick nor Wisconsin Ventures has formally responded to the suit, according to court documents. JP’s has been closed since July, when its operators were evicted for nonpayment of rent.

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From the October 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Slate Wine Bar & Bistro (2404 Wisconsin Ave.) unveiled a new menu during their anniversary week in late August. Restaurateur Danny Lledó designed the new roster, which includes small plates such as blistered shishito peppers and duck breast egg rolls; entrees including eggplant parmesan and pan-seared salmon barigoule; and three- or five-course tasting menus. The restaurant’s brunch menu has also been revamped, but don’t worry: the Slate burger with applewood bacon still appears on both menus.

 

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Rocklands Barbeque (2418 Wisconsin Ave.) has completed its expansion into 2416 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Max’s Best Homemade Ice Cream. The new space features communal tables, a soda fountain and, for the first time, bathrooms for patrons.

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