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Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.) marks its 10th year in business with a party from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight, July 22, at its Glover Park location, The Washington Post reports.

“Bartenders will pour free whiskey and free craft beer, while the staff passes free hors d’oeuvres,” the Post writes. “Obviously, not every drink in the house will be free, and the food will be more like snacks than a full meal…. Make sure you ask about which whiskeys are complementary before asking for a glass of, say, Parker’s Heritage and getting sticker shock when the bill arrives.”

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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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deviled eggOn March 23 from 1 to 3 p.m., five Glover Park chefs will go huevo a huevo for the title of best deviled-egg maker in the neighborhood. Whole Foods Market (2323 Wisconsin Ave.) is hosting the contest, in which shoppers will sample the contenders and vote for their favorite. Chefs from Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.), Slate Wine Bar & Bistro (2404 Wisconsin Ave.), Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.), and Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) will compete with a Whole Foods staffer for top honors.

UPDATE: Mayfair & Pine and Breadsoda dropped out of the contest, and Whole Foods staffers submitted two different entries. The winner was a smoked salmon deviled egg from the Whole Foods seafood team.

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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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We’d heard rumors that part of 2352 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Shade & Shutter Shack, would become a manicure shop, but now there’s proof. A building permit application filed last week for the vacant building—which is located next door to Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.)—is for “interior work for a nail salon,” a source at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs tells us.

As previously reported, another part of the building is slated to be turned into a therapeutic massage business, if city approvals go through. Representatives of the business, Massage Escape Spa, will address Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B at their June 14 meeting to request support for their plan.

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In advance of the Savor craft beer event at the National Building Museum June 8-9, Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.) is offering a week of beer specials on its newly redesigned back patio. Specials from Monday through Thursday include $4 drafts of featured beers each evening; a Saturday “brewfast” offers $2 off all draft beers during brunch.

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A couple of weeks back, we reported a rumor that two upper floors of the vacant property at 2352 Wisconsin Ave., formerly home to Shade & Shutter Shack, had been rented by a massage business. Now, we have what looks like proof: a building permit application filed on Tuesday. Though the names of permit applicants are not publicly released, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs does confirm that this particular applicant will need a special zoning exception because they want to use the space primarily for massages. Details as they develop.

We hear the ground floor of this building may have been rented to a nail salon. We earlier reported that next-door neighbor Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.) was seeking to expand to 2352 Wisconsin; now we’re hearing it’s only the patio they have their eye on. Bourbon owner Bill Thomas has not responded to our requests for comment.

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In discussions about the potential renewal of the Glover Park liquor license moratorium—which ANC 3B is voting on tonight—two convenient fallacies have been put forth on the ANC’s website. Convenient, that is, for those who want to extend the moratorium as-is.

The first fallacy is the notion that two full-service (CR) liquor licenses have long been available in the neighborhood, “one of which has been on the market for 3 years.” In fact, the license for Town Hall’s old location, 2218 Wisconsin Ave., was in use until last month, and the license for Margarita’s restaurant, which closed at 2317 Wisconsin Ave. in 2008, went on the market only recently, in response to spontaneous interest from two separate parties. The suggestion that there’s no market for the neighborhood’s currently available CR licenses is incorrect.

The second fallacy is the idea that an attempt to attract new restaurants to the neighborhood by adding three new CR licenses in 2008 failed. “All three new CR licenses were taken by establishments currently operating in Glover Park,” the ANC’s website states.

But only one of those three licenses was applied for by an established Glover Park business, Rocklands (2418 Wisconsin Ave.), and it was granted only over the strong objections of then-commissioner Alan Blevins. Blevins argued that “the ANC’s intent in adding three liquor licenses was to expand business along Wisconsin Ave.,” so the license should go to a new establishment.

No such objection was raised to the CR license applications for Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) or Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.), which won the other two new licenses. And why not? Because they weren’t in operation when they applied for the licenses.

The Glover Park Citizens’ Association first voted to support additional CR licenses in the neighborhood in November, 2007. The ANC did likewise in January, 2008. As soon as the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ruled to add three licenses in April, 2008, Breadsoda and Surfside immediately applied. Both restaurants had already rented space in Glover Park by then, but neither was open yet. (They both opened that summer, using DR licenses that allowed them to sell wine and beer, but not spirits. Glover Park’s moratorium does not limit the number of DR licenses. After administrative delays, their CR licenses were issued in 2009.)

Breadsoda shares owners with Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.) and Surfside shares owners with Smith Point (1338 Wisconsin Ave.). The suggestion that both these ownership groups simultaneously decided to open new restaurants in Glover Park without a thought of eventually serving hard liquor—while at the very same time, the GPCA and ANC were publicly expressing their support for additional CR licenses—does not compute. Much more likely is that the public support for new CR licenses attracted two new restaurants hoping to snag them.

In debating whether the moratorium should be extended, with or without alterations, the ANC has much to consider. But they should consider the matter in the light of the true market for Glover Park’s current CR licenses and the true past effect of adding new ones.

This piece reflects the views of its author and should not be attributed to the Glover Park Gazette.

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From the February 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl on February 5? Glover Park has got you covered.

Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.) will offer happy hour draft beer prices (i.e., $2 off), whiskey specials, and half-price appetizers from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) plans $3 Bud, Bud Light, PBR, and Miller Lite; free pool, shuffleboard, and Wii till closing; and food specials including nachos, tacos, and chili dogs from noon to closing that day.

Heritage Asia (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) will offer Tandoori wings for $5, tap beers for $3, and margarita pitchers for $16 during the Super Bowl.

Kavanagh’s (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) will offer its “barstool special” from 5 p.m. on: a pint of beer plus a slice of pizza for $5. They’ll also have wings for $5.

Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) will have themed drink specials for each team, specials on Bud Light pitchers, and a DJ playing before and after the game and during halftime.

If you’re hosting a party, Old Europe (2434 Wisconsin Ave.) is offering free delivery on a party platter that feeds 10-12 people. The $150 platter features handmade pretzels with “Obatzda” (beer cheese spread), bite size chicken schnitzel and “Frikadellen” (meatballs), sausage sampler with mustard duo and curry ketchup, potato pancakes with a garlic-parsley dip, and your choice of potato salad, sauerkraut or tossed greens. To order, call 202-333-7600.

Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) will be featuring its taco bar: grilled steak, chicken and shrimp, plus toppings including guacamole and lime sour cream, for $19.95 per person.

Town Hall (2340 Wisconsin Ave.) hadn’t cemented its Super Bowl plans at press time, but “we’ll take a stab at doing something fun,” says managing partner Paul Holder.

Did we miss you? Please let us know. Add your event to the comments or email us at csctips at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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Patrons can enter Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.) with no cover on New Year’s Eve, but for $50 they can buy access to an open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are available at bourbongloverparknye.eventbrite.com.

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