From the September 2009 Glover Park Gazette:
Town Hall at 2218 Wisconsin was shuttered for two days in mid-August and fined $1,250 to settle charges stemming from an incident at the restaurant last year. According to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration case report, a 20-year-old woman was in a ladies’ room stall on the night of June 29, 2008, when the lights went out. Leaving the stall, she encountered a man who touched her breast and stomach. Friends noted that she was shaken by the incident, though owner Paul Holder wrote in a statement that she initially portrayed the event to him as a “misunderstanding” in which “brief contact was made” as she exited the bathroom.
The woman was at the bar with her brother, who called police to report the inappropriate touching. This triggered an ABRA investigation. The investigator found that the woman, who was underage, had entered the bar using her older sister’s photo ID. ABRA also charged that the bar had served alcohol to the woman even though she was under 21; that there had been no Alcoholic Beverage Control Board-approved manager on duty; and that Town Hall had failed to notify ABRA of a new partner in its business. Holder denies these three charges.
In August, Town Hall admitted to having failed to “reasonably ascertain” whether the woman could legally drink, for which it received a two-day license suspension and paid a fine. The other three charges were dismissed, according to ABRA spokesman Bill Hager. The Metropolitan Police Department could not tell us by our deadline the outcome of the misdemeanor sexual abuse complaint, but Holder says that, “to the best of our knowledge,” there was no further criminal investigation.