Tennis Zone may move upstairs

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Glover Park may soon be welcoming a new business at 2319 Wisconsin Ave., but its current tenant, Tennis Zone, is not leaving, owner Ravi Shankar tells us. Although the building currently sports a “for rent” banner, “we are staying here, but we’re moving upstairs,” Shankar says. The storefront’s second floor is currently vacant. Landlord Remy Esquenet did not respond to requests for comment.

Tennis Zone now offers yoga wear as well as tennis equipment. At press time, the shop was planning to run a $20-off sale on women’s yoga and lifestyle apparel in September.

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On July 23, a cyclist riding north in the 2200 block of Wisconsin Ave. fell while taking a curb cut up onto the sidewalk. The driver of an SUV emerging from a driveway then hit the fallen cyclist, who was transported to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The driver was cited for failure to pay full time and attention to the operation of a vehicle.

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Glover Park Hardware hopes to open in its new ground-floor location (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) in October, according to owner Gina Schaefer. The company rented the vacant storefront shortly after its lease at the prior location (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) expired in January. The owners have been working ever since to renovate the space and install a needed freight elevator. Delays with the elevator’s installation have led to much frustration, both for the owners and for Glover Parkers who have sorely missed the shop.

The hardware store’s old space underneath Washington Sports Club is slated to become a Rite Aid.

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B has filed a protest against a planned roof deck at the Savoy Suites Hotel (2505 Wisconsin Ave.). The ANC will withdraw its protest if the hotel reaches a compromise agreement with neighbors, according to commissioner Jackie Blumenthal.
The planned deck, which would have a seating capacity of 136, is part of an ongoing renovation that will end with the hotel being renamed “The Glover Park Hotel.” Near neighbors have raised concerns about the deck’s potential to create late-night noise and parking problems. The Savoy has been negotiating with neighbors to establish rules for the deck that would address their concerns, but at press time, no compromise had been reached.

The rooftop deck at Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) operates under a voluntary agreement that stipulates it must be closed by midnight, and any music must be recorded, unamplified, and inaudible outside of the premises. The ANC argues that any new rooftop deck in the neighborhood should not be allowed to stay open later or play louder music. (Two other establishments, Mason Inn at 2408 Wisconsin Ave. and Mad Fox Tap Room at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., are allowed to serve alcohol on rooftop decks, but neither of those decks has been built.)

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Kumon Tuturing Center has rented space at 2200 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of BodySmith. The company offers supplemental math and reading programs for children aged 3 and up.
Margaret Ruth Dickie, 1935 - 2015

Margaret Ruth Dickie, 1935 – 2015

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The Metropolitan Police Department has concluded its investigation into the death of Peggy Dickie and has presented to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecutorial review. This indicates that police investigators believe a crime may have been committed. At our press time, no charges had been filed against the driver. Although a friend of Dickie’s tells us that she had a living niece, police have not been able to locate her next of kin.

Dickie, 79, a resident of Carillon House (2500 Wisconsin Ave.), died on June 11 after being hit by a Peapod grocery delivery truck at Calvert Street and 37th Street. On the day of the incident, the Peapod truck was stopped at a red light on 37th Street, then turned right onto Calvert, where it hit Dickie, who was in the crosswalk heading north, according to the Washington Post.

Dickie was a government retiree who had lived in the apartment building for 50 years. A native of St. Louis, she studied music in college and was fascinated by biology, according to Carillon House concierge Michelle Miranda, who knew her well. “She was very kind and caring, and extremely intelligent,” Miranda says. Dickie was a talented pianist, and she once transcribed The Star Spangled Banner and a work by Beethoven from memory for a neighbor who wanted to learn to play them on the guitar. “She loved going to the museums; she was fascinated by Japanese art, by linguistics, by other people’s cultures,” Miranda recalls. Although Dickie was a private person, “when she knew you, she would do anything for you,” Miranda adds.



Mad Fox materializes

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

After two years of renovations, Mad Fox Tap Room opened August 17 at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Mayfair & Pine. “We’re very happy to be here,” says Bill Madden, who owns the business along with wife Beth and two partners. “The more research we did on Glover Park, the more we knew that this was a good place for us.” The neighborhood’s family-friendly vibe is very similar to that of Falls Church, site of Mad Fox’s original brewpub, Beth adds.

The restaurant’s interior feels airier than it did before the renovation. Ceilings are higher, and a bulky climate-control unit that was housed near the staircase has been replaced by one on the roof. The relocation of that unit allowed builders to create a small mezzanine using an interior window that had been hidden behind wallboard for more than 50 years.

Along with a selection of Mad Fox beers on tap, the pub’s menu features kohlrabi hummous; green-tomato gazpacho; a “hifalutin” turkey burger; and entrees such as grilled ribeye steak with horseshoe fries. Chef Brandon Moser has worked previously in Orvieto, Italy, and at D.C.’s Bistro Bis.

In keeping with its family-friendly locale, Mad Fox offers a kids’ menu and has root beer on tap, made by the brewery with real cane sugar. The pub opens at 4 pm Monday through Friday and at noon on weekends.


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