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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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The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board yesterday voted to allow The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) to serve alcohol on a new rooftop deck. Construction permits will be filed this week, and the deck should open in September, says co-owner Fritz Brogan. The bar’s ownership agreed to several noise-reduction measures—including encircling the deck with a wall—to resolve formal protests filed by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B and a group of near neighbors. “We’re excited for the rooftop to open,” says Brogan. “We’re glad we were able to find common ground with the ANC, and we’re looking forward for the rooftop being a place that all of our Glover Park neighbors can enjoy.”

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The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) was not at fault for a bizarre attack that occurred several blocks from the bar in March, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ruled last week. The confrontation, in which a drunken proponent of religion smashed an atheist in the face with a fraternity paddle, started after the victim had left the bar, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration investigator’s report. The paddler was not named in the investigator’s report.

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The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) is one step closer to serving alcohol on a new rooftop deck, after the bar hammered out a plan to address neighbors’ noise concerns. An Alcoholic Beverage Control Board hearing on the matter had been scheduled for this week, but it was postponed until June 19, to allow time for the various protesting groups to formally endorse the plan. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B, the Glover Park Citizens’ Association, ANC 3C (which serves Cathedral Heights), and a group of 19 near neighbors had each protested the Mason Inn’s application to open a rooftop “summer garden.”

According to ANC 3B Commissioner Brian Cohen, the settlement agreement stipulates that the roof deck will close at 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and at midnight on Thursday through Saturday; will feature no music or speakers of any kind; and will be encircled by a wall as high as the roof line of the houses directly behind the bar on 37th St. The ABC Board has not yet approved the pact, but with all parties in agreement, it would be unlikely not to.

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From the May 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Rooftop drinks may be in the offing at The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin). On April 24, the day the ABC Board was scheduled to hold a hearing on the bar’s application for permission to serve liquor on a new rooftop deck, co-owner Fritz Brogan and ANC commissioner Jackie Blumenthal each emailed the Board asking for extra time. “We are close to a settlement agreement, but a technical matter cannot be resolved quickly,” Blumenthal wrote. The protest hearing has been rescheduled for May 29.

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From the April 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On April 24,  The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) will argue for the right to serve alcohol on a new rooftop deck. ANC 3B and a group of near neighbors represented by attorney Milton Grossman will argue against. Opposing forces will meet at a hearing before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

A month prior, on March 27, The Mason Inn will challenge a noise complaint at an ABC Board hearing. In addition, the bar faces charges stemming from an October, 2012, incident in which an ABRA investigator reported seeing a physical fight between a patron and an employee. No hearing had been scheduled in that case at press time.

Finally, ABRA is investigating an incident at the bar on November 22, 2012. According to a police report, a “highly intoxicated” man reported having been struck by a stranger inside the bar. He left the building and returned with a small folding knife tucked into his shirt sleeve. The man was twice refused re-admission by Mason Inn bouncers, and he voluntarily turned his knife over for safekeeping, the police report states.

UPDATE: The protest hearing on the Mason Inn’s application to serve alcohol on a rooftop deck has been rescheduled for May 29.

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Mason Inn rooftop designIn January, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B lodged a formal protest to the application of Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) to serve alcohol on a new rooftop deck. Citing a history that includes multiple assaults inside the bar and a pending charge of violating a noise ordinance, the ANC expressed doubt about the bar’s ability to maintain order outdoors.

“ANC 3B feels strongly that the Mason Inn’s long record of disturbing the peace, order and quiet of the neighborhood disqualifies it for the privilege of taking its business outside into public space,” wrote Commissioner Jackie Blumenthal in a letter to the chair of the ABC Board. “This is especially relevant given the close proximity of residences to the Mason Inn.” Other formal protests came from ANC 3C, which represents McLean Gardens and Massachusetts Avenue Heights; the Glover Park Citizens Association; and a group of 19 residents and property owners from the 2300 and 2400 blocks of 37th Street, represented by attorney Milton Grossman.

At the same time, many Glover Parkers expressed support of the roof deck plan. More than 150 neighborhood residents sent emails in favor of the deck. In addition, six residents (two sets of housemates) from nearby 37th Street submitted a letter strongly supporting the application, as did two Glover Parkers who live within blocks of the establishment. “It is clear that the ANC 3B is advocating their own agenda and not expressing the wishes of their constituents,” one of these letters states. “There is overwhelming support in the neighborhood for this application and there is talk that some residents may run against the ANC members due to their outrageous behavior.”

The ABC Board identified multiple groups, including ANC 3B, that have legal standing to protest the application. The Mason Inn will negotiate with these groups in an attempt to address their concerns in a modified license application. If a compromise can be reached, the protests will be withdrawn.

In the meantime, The Mason Inn received a warning letter from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration after a December 1 incident in which a visibly intoxicated man was served alcohol at the bar. According to a police report, at about 2:20 a.m., a detective watched a man with very red eyes and slurred speech “stumble to the bar and, while leaning on the bar, order two Bud Light beers.” The bartender served the beers, which were immediately confiscated by the detective “in fear that [the patron] would consume them quickly and become more intoxicated,” the report states. Selling alcohol to drunk people is against D.C. law. The next such incident could lead to charges against the bar, ABRA’s warning letter states.

A hearing on The Mason Inn’s pending noise complaint is scheduled for April 3.

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