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Washington Post reviewer Tom Sietsema strongly recommends Malgudi (2400 Wisconsin Ave.), the South Indian restaurant that recently took the place of Heritage Asia Thai Bistro. “Malgudi makes some of the most intriguing vegetarian food this side of the Rasika restaurants across town,” he writes.

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From the April 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Late last year, Einstein Bros. Bagels applied for a building permit to construct a 55-seat restaurant at 2233 Wisconsin Ave., in the former home of Vespa and Fan Fair. Because the proposed restaurant would use disposable utensils and food-warming equipment, it is considered a fast food establishment under District zoning regulations. This means it needs a zoning exception to operate at its proposed location. In early March, Einstein applied for this exception, and its zoning case is scheduled to be heard on June 4.

Einstein’s had a shop near Safeway until the middle of 2011, when it closed due to redevelopment of the property. Joseph A. Bank clothiers now occupies that space.

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From the April 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The home of Tennis Zone, 2319 Wisconsin Ave., is for rent at $110,000 per year, according to an online listing. “Currently a 2,700 square foot building. Up to 3,400 square feet available with proposed landlord buildout,” the listing states. Building owner Alfred F. Motta did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

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From the April 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On February 20, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board cancelled the liquor license for Margarita’s Restaurant (formerly at 2317 Wisconsin, the current home of Sprig & Sprout). The licensee, Maria Villalta, closed Margarita’s several years ago. Lately, she has tried unsuccessfully to find a new location for her restaurant or a buyer for her license.

Under Glover Park’s liquor license moratorium, up to 14 restaurants in the neighborhood are allowed to have full-service restaurant (CR) licenses. At press time, the former Margarita’s license was one of two Glover Park CR licenses that were unused and unapplied-for, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesman.

The closing of Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) and Kavanagh’s Pizza Pub (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) has left two more Glover Park CR licenses idle, though the Kavanagh’s license will soon be put to use at Arcuri, a trattoria slated to open in late April. The liquor license for JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.), expected to reopen in May, is a nightclub (CN) license.

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Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) has closed, The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema reports. Chef Emily Sprissler had some tart parting words for the neighborhood, Sietsema writes:

Did competition do them in? “We did not have any competition when it came to food on the strip,” says the chef. “No one had the chops, the creativity.” People in the area, she adds, preferred getting meals “delivered to their door.”

We’ll give her this: that’s a creative explanation for the restaurant’s troubles.

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From the April 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On April 24,  The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) will argue for the right to serve alcohol on a new rooftop deck. ANC 3B and a group of near neighbors represented by attorney Milton Grossman will argue against. Opposing forces will meet at a hearing before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

A month prior, on March 27, The Mason Inn will challenge a noise complaint at an ABC Board hearing. In addition, the bar faces charges stemming from an October, 2012, incident in which an ABRA investigator reported seeing a physical fight between a patron and an employee. No hearing had been scheduled in that case at press time.

Finally, ABRA is investigating an incident at the bar on November 22, 2012. According to a police report, a “highly intoxicated” man reported having been struck by a stranger inside the bar. He left the building and returned with a small folding knife tucked into his shirt sleeve. The man was twice refused re-admission by Mason Inn bouncers, and he voluntarily turned his knife over for safekeeping, the police report states.

UPDATE: The protest hearing on the Mason Inn’s application to serve alcohol on a rooftop deck has been rescheduled for May 29.

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From the April 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Twist at the Savoy Suites (2505 Wisconsin Ave.) offers a “bottomless buffet” brunch. “Unwind from your weekend with our famous unlimited pours of mimosas and tangy Bloody Marys,” an announcement urges. The brunch, which also features a variety of entrees, salads, and desserts, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Cost is $29.95 per person.

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