From the June 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:
After two incidents involving rowdy patrons and accusations of assault, Gin & Tonic at 2408 Wisconsin faces a possible license suspension—or even revocation.
The first incident happened last Halloween, when security personnel told three shirtless men to put on shirts or leave the club, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration investigator’s report. When the patrons remained shirtless—they claimed it was part of their costume—bouncers removed them from the club, and a fight between the two groups broke out on the street. Each side claimed the other had started the fight.
The second incident, which happened January 30, started when one patron spilled beer on another man’s shirt. (Again, with the shirts.) The spillee said, “Hey, man, what the hell?” and then went to the men’s room, he told an ABRA investigator. While he was at the urinal, three or four strangers came into the bathroom and started punching and kicking him, he said. According to a police report, the bar’s manager heard the victim calling for help and interrupted the beating, whereupon three suspects fled on foot, running north on Wisconsin Avenue.
The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board conducted fact-finding hearings on both incidents in April and referred the cases to the Office of the Attorney General for a show-cause hearing, which hadn’t been scheduled at press time, an ABRA spokesman said. [Gin & Tonic co-owner Fritz Brogan said that because the incidents were still under investigation, he could not comment on the matter.] According to the D.C. Code, a bar’s liquor license can be suspended or revoked if “disorderly” conduct is allowed there. Last year, Gin & Tonic was fined and shuttered for one night after a February 2009 incident in which a drunk patron complained of being roughly ejected from the bar.
On a happier note, Gin & Tonic will once again generously host this year’s Charm Aid concert, an orderly rock-and-roll benefit for St. Luke’s Shelter at 3655 Calvert (in the basement of St. Luke’s UMC). The show features Glover Park rockers The Charm Offensive (with your commercial strip correspondent on bass); Dirty Bomb; and Yell County. Saturday, July 10, 6:30 p.m., suggested donation $10. Shirts required. [Or, skip the concert and donate directly to the shelter here.]