From the September 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:
JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) won a significant battle on August 17, when the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board renewed its liquor license, over neighbors’ protests. Foes of the strip club—closed since a January 2008 fire—are now pondering their next move in trying to block the bar’s reopening.
The bar’s opponents may soon gain an advantage in the fight. Although no official word had come by our press time, we hear the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will likely decide that JP’s must face a separate renewal process—and probably a separate round of neighbor protests—when the interior of its new building is complete. James Charles, a representative of the club’s owner, has said that the prospect of more protests could scare off an investor who plans to pay an estimated $600,000 for interior construction.
The ABC Board did make some concessions to concerns raised by the protestants—the Advisory Neighborhood Commission and a group of 16 neighbors. In renewing the club’s license for three years, the board ruled that live entertainment there can’t start until 5 p.m. (Before the fire, nude dancing at JP’s started as early as 11 a.m., which is when the neighborhood’s other strip club, Good Guys, opens.) The board also ruled that JP’s would need to provide “VIP” or valet parking, as well as creating a smoking area in the rear of its building to reduce loitering on the sidewalk.
Representatives of protesting parties say they are still discussing whether to appeal the ruling. JP’s representative Charles did not respond to a request for comment.