From the March 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:
On March 23, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will hold a hearing on charges that George (3251 Prospect St.) violated its Voluntary Agreement (VA). The drinking club—owned by four men who last year bought part ownership of Gin & Tonic (2408 Wisconsin Ave.)—operates under a VA that limits the club’s capacity to 99 and forbids dancing except at private parties, among other restrictions. George has also been charged with making a substantial change to its operations without the board’s permission.
The charges stem from an incident last March during which a fight started between two strangers on the club’s dance floor. One of the men ended up throwing a beer bottle at the other, causing a head wound that required 14 stitches to close, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration investigator’s report. ABRA is currently investigating a similar incident that happened on December 5: during another fight between strangers inside the club, one man got a two-inch laceration on his head that required stitches to close, according to a police report. The victim didn’t know whether or not a weapon was used, the report stated. George’s license could potentially be suspended or revoked over the incidents.
In a separate matter, George has applied to terminate its VA so it can increase its capacity; the club argues that it must do so in order to remain profitable. The Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission, the Citizens Association of Georgetown, and a group of near neighbors have all lodged protests, and a hearing on the matter was held on February 9.
Hunter Campbell, a member of the George and Gin & Tonic owners’ group, declined to comment because the case is ongoing. Gin & Tonic currently operates under a VA that governs its trash-disposal policy, among other matters.