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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 Monday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 21, the D.C. Council is allowing some restaurants and bars to stay open 24 hours a day and serve alcohol until 4 a.m.,” The Washington Post reports. “Being authorized to stay open late doesn’t guarantee that a bar will definitely be open around the clock for a full week…. It just means an establishment can stay open later if the owner chooses, or if the place is booked for a special event.”

On the list of 154 bars approved for extended hours were four in Glover Park:

Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Avenue, NW),
Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Avenue, NW),
Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Avenue, NW), and
Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Avenue, NW).

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From the May 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On New Year’s Eve, a man leaving Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) encountered two other patrons smoking cigarettes outside, and he attacked one of them “for no apparent reason,” according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration investigator’s report. The attacker said, “Sorry, I gotta do this!” before punching the victim repeatedly, the report states. The victim’s face was bruised, and the victim’s companion fractured bones in his hand while trying to break up the assault. The attacker fled north on Wisconsin Ave., the report states. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board held a hearing on the incident and ruled in March that the bar was not at fault. As far as we can tell, no charges have been filed in the matter.

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Vasile Graure, 41, who splashed Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) with gasoline and set it ablaze in November, 2007, was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison for the murder of a club employee, the United States Attorney announced. Graure is already serving a 30-year term for other charges related to the arson, in which the employee, Vladimir Djordjevic, was seriously burned. Djordjevic spent the rest of his life in the hospital and died of his injuries in May, 2010, at the age of 28.

“This additional prison sentence—on top of the 30 years that this arsonist is already serving—holds him fully accountable for burning a man to death,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. “A club manager was doused in gasoline, set on fire, and lingered for years before finally succumbing to his severe injuries. A lifetime behind bars is just punishment for inflicting such needless pain on another human being.”

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From the February 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A man who poured gasoline on a manager at Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) and lit him on fire has been convicted of the manager’s murder. In November, 2007, Vasile Graure was asked to leave the strip club for trying to photograph one of the dancers. He returned a few minutes later with gasoline, which he threw on staffer Vladimir Djordjevic (pictured above) and ignited. Djordjevic suffered severe burns, and died of his injuries in May, 2010. Graure—then already serving a 30-year prison term for the assault—was charged with murder.

On January 20, a jury found Graure guilty of felony murder while armed. His sentencing is scheduled for March 23.

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From the December 2011/January 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Representatives from The Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) were also scheduled to appear before the ABC Board on November 30 to answer questions about a May fight outside the club. According to a police report, two men attacked three other men after they all exited the club that night, causing bloody lips, a swollen eye, and a possible broken nose. The two attackers then fled the scene in a northbound taxi. While the fight began outside the club, one of the responding officers told an ABRA investigator that more attention from club staff might have averted the problem. “It would have helped if the front door bouncer could have remained outside during closing time to make sure all parties would have been sent on their way in separate directions,” he reportedly said.

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From the November 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The sidewalk outside Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) was the site of a peculiar hate crime on September 23, according to a police report. At 9 p.m., a 32-year-old African-American man was walking north on the sidewalk with a woman, the report states. As they passed Sonja Williams, 40—also African-American—Williams said, “I’m going to f—k a black person up tonight.”

The man made eye contact with Williams, who asked him, “What are you looking at?”

“Go about your business,” he replied.

Williams then threatened to hit him on the head.

“You don’t want to do that,” the man said.

At this point, Williams swung her cane at him and missed, then swung a second time and hit him on the forearm, the report states. He grabbed the cane from her and called police, who arrested Williams. She pled not-guilty to two charges: bias-related assault and bias-related possession of a prohibited weapon (the cane). A status hearing in the case was scheduled for November 4.

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From the October 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Wisconsin Avenue closed down briefly on September 1 due to a rooftop fire at Sushi Ko (2309 Wisconsin Ave.). According to the restaurant’s managing partner, Russell Gravatt, the fire spread from the adjacent roof of Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) after a torch was used in some repair work there. “All of a sudden I smelled burning wood,” Gravatt recalled. “We had to close for a day and a half, but we’re open and everything’s fine.”

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From the June 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A May 1 fight outside Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) is under investigation by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, a spokesman there confirms. According to a police report, three men standing outside the strip club were assaulted by two other men shortly after 3 a.m., the club’s closing time. When police arrived, the two assailants fled north in a taxi. One of the victims was transported to Georgetown University Hospital for treatment of a swollen eye, according to the report. The other two victims refused treatment, though both had bloody lips and one thought he might have a broken nose.

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From the March 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Two nighttime scuffles on the Avenue in January both led to bloodshed. On January 22, a man suffered a small laceration on his nose during an assault outside of Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.), according to police. At about 3 a.m., the victim and a group of his friends were walking down the street. Five men pulled up in a silver Honda and started yelling catcalls at a woman in the group. Then a man got out of the car, ran toward the male victim, and punched him in the face. The assailant got back into the car and was last seen fleeing north on Wisconsin Ave. The victim refused medical treatment at the scene.

Then on January 23 around 10 p.m., two men got into a fistfight outside 2241 Wisconsin Ave., the former MyerEmco space. During the fight, a woman drove up, took a tennis racket out of her car, and began hitting one of the fighters on the head with it, according to a police report. At some point, that man’s coat and cell phone were stolen, and they ended up in the woman’s car. “We have your stuff, so what now?” the woman, Yuliya Reckenwald, reportedly asked him. When police arrived, the stolen items were returned to the victim, who was transported to the hospital and got five staples in the top of his head. Reckenwald was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (the tennis racket). The case awaits grand jury action. UPDATE: In September, the assault case against Reckenwald was dismissed because prosecutors decided not to pursue it. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the reason.

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