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Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) sold more than enough food in 2012 to comply with its liquor license, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has found. On June 4, the Board dismissed a case against the pub for violating the provisions of its license.

Although the restaurant took in more than the minimum gross food sales of $2,000 per seat, it did not originally report its actual sales, due to what the owners termed “a clerical error.” Says Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesperson Jessie Cornelius, “The licensee submitted corrected quarterly reports showing adequate food sales. As a result, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and Office of Attorney General agreed that there is no violation.”

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From the May 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) is facing potential discipline from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration after an audit revealed that the bar had misreported its food and alcohol sales numbers for calendar year 2012. Although the restaurant took in more than the minimum gross food sales of $2,000 per seat, it did not report its actual sales, due to what the owners termed “a clerical error.” In an April 22 letter to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, co-owner Bill Thomas wrote, “I accidentally overstated our liquor sales. What idiot does that?” A report by ABRA investigator Adeniyi Adejunmobi challenges this assertion, though, stating that “based on the audit performed, Breadsoda underreported food and alcoholic beverages sales.” A hearing on the matter has been tentatively scheduled for May 21.


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On Friday, October 4, Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) will host a walk-a-thon registration drive to benefit Friendship Place, a nonprofit human service agency in Northwest DC. From 4 to 8 p.m., you can learn more about the agency’s services and sign up to support it in this year’s Help the Homeless walking event. (If you can’t attend tonight, you can still support Friendship Place by visiting hthwalks.org.)

For more information about Friendship Place, contact Zachary Tobler at 202-431-7567 or ztobler@friendshipplace.org

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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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On February 6, Breadsoda (2323 Wisconsin Ave.) paid a fine of $2,000 to settle charges that it had failed to file quarterly statements to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. As of August 21 of last year, the bar had not filed statements for the second quarter of 2010, the first quarter of 2011, or the second quarter of 2012.

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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:

Breadsoda (2323 Wisconsin Ave.) is seeking permission to stay open later, reports owner Steve Teague. “We are trying to change our hours to normal DC closing hours” of 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, he says. “Now we close Monday through Thursday at 1:20 a.m. and Friday and Saturday at 2:20 a.m.” Six Glover Park bars are allowed to stay open later, he adds.

Teague has asked Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B to support the bar’s application to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration for the change.

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From the February 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A man accused of stalking a former housemate was arrested in November at Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.). Anthony Torriente, 27, was under a court order to stay away from his onetime friend, who works at Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.), because Torriente had threatened to harm the 28-year-old man, according to court documents. On November 29, a Breadsoda manager recognized Torriente on the premises and told him to leave. Police were summoned, and an officer found Torriente inside the strip club, sitting at a table. Torriente was arrested and charged with violating a civil protection order. A status hearing in the case is scheduled for April 13.

UPDATE: Torriente rejected a plea deal in the case and was scheduled for trial on August 9. On that day, prosecutors told the judge they were not prepared to try the case, so it was dismissed for want of prosecution.

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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.

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