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After repeatedly ruling that JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) could reopen without community comment, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board last week decided to investigate the strip club’s new interior configuration before opening its doors to the public.

Since January 2008, when a fire destroyed the original JP’s building, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B has asked the ABC Board several times to consider revoking the club’s liquor license. The ANC has raised questions about the club’s changing ownership, the club’s appropriateness to an increasingly kid-centric neighborhood, and, most recently, its plans to add semi-private performance spaces to the rebuilt club’s interior. The ANC argued that these spaces would increase the likelihood of illegal hanky-panky between performers and patrons and that it constituted a substantial change from the old club’s operations. By law, any substantial change must be approved by the liquor board.

On June 5, the board denied ANC Commissioner Jackie Blumenthal’s written request to investigate the semi-private spaces as a substantial change. But on June 12, after the JP’s ownership applied to reactivate the club’s dormant license, the board decided to hold a hearing on the matter after all. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesman Bill Hager did not respond to emailed requests for comment, but a knowledgeable source outside the agency says that the hearing is likely to involve testimony only from an ABRA investigator. If the liquor board determines that the new interior layout of JP’s constitutes a substantial change, it must then decide whether the change is acceptable, which might involve a second hearing with community input. If the board sees no substantial change to the bar’s operations, it would likely reactivate the liquor license, allowing the club to reopen.

The fact-finding hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19.

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Reposted verbatim from Craigslist as a public service:

Jimmy John’s Glover Park [at 2428 Wisconsin Ave., formerly Custom TV Solutions] NOW HIRING MANAGERS!! (Glover Park NW, DC)
A new Jimmy John’s is opening very soon in Glover Park and we’re looking to build our bench with the right players. Jimmy John’s creates the world’s greatest gourmet sandwiches, and we are looking for hard working people to be a part of our team! If you want to have the opportunity to grow in a successful Quick Service Restaurant, then take a look at management opportunities with our franchise! Get in on the ground floor of a successful, rapidly expanding franchise with Copeland Developments (CDLLC).

*5-DAY WORK WEEK, WITH 2 DAYS OFF IN A ROW!

*MEDICAL & PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFITS!

*LIFE & LONG TERM DISABILITY BENEFITS!

*DENTAL BENEFITS!

*STORE PERFORMANCE BONUS EVERY 4 WEEKS!

*PAID VACATION!

*PAID MANAGER TRAINING PROGRAM!

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN OUR MANAGEMENT CANDIDATES:

-Management and food service industry experience is a plus
-QSR experience a plus
-Efficient when working morning shifts as early as 6:00 am or earlier
-Highly Punctual
-Very Reliable
-Willing to work long hours on their feet
-Quick learners with the flexibility to learn new skills within an already defined system
-Possess good people skills and are able to communicate assertively
-Positive, friendly, and high energy individuals
-Ability to maintain a very clean work environment
-The drive to go above and beyond
-Trustworthy, consistent, and highly motivated to be a successful team player

Advancement with CDLLC is based on performance and enthusiasm! Our company treats our management team as family and rewards them with advancement, recognition and quality of life!

ASSISTANT MANAGER POSITION:
We are only looking for Assistant Managers that want to become General Managers.
CDLLC is looking for candidates who want to take their career to the next level and are looking for a company that has unlimited growth potential.
The Assistant Manager is responsible for staff management including hiring, scheduling, and training. They assist with controlling food and labor costs. As Assistant Manager, you’ll manage all functions of a Jimmy John’s restaurant to ensure customer service and high-quality products are delivered to ensure restaurant profitability when the General Manager is not on duty. Responsible for the successful execution of fast, accurate sandwiches and world-class customer service, while maintaining a clean, organized shift. We take pride in having the best working environment in the business! Everyone is energetic and outgoing on our team.

Compensation Range: Starts at 28,000/yr before training, after completing training 30,000/yr with monthly bonuses increases to $35,000/yr- $40,000/yr, depending on sales and performance, plus Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits.

GENERAL MANAGER POSITION:
We are only looking for General Managers that want to become Multi-Unit Managers (Area Managers).
CDLLC is looking for candidates who want to take their career to the next level and are looking for a company that has unlimited growth potential.
The General Manager is responsible for staff management including hiring, scheduling, and training. They are responsible for meeting monthly food and labor goals. As a General Manager, you’ll manage all functions of a Jimmy John’s restaurant to ensure perfect customer service. You will be responsible for the successful execution of fast, accurate sandwiches and world-class customer service, while maintaining a clean, organized shift. We take pride in having the best working environment in the business! Everyone is energetic and outgoing on our team.

COMPENSATION RANGE:
Training Period (60 days): 32,000/yr If hired you will start with a 60 day training period learning every position in the store. Once you’ve completed corporate training you’ll then move into a General Manager role.
After Completing Corporate Training: 35,000/yr with a monthly bonus. A yearly take home will fall around $40,000/yr- $50,000/yr, depending on sales and performance.

Plus Medical & Dental benefits for all salaried managers.

To apply for this position, please respond to this ad with a copy of your cover letter and resume. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE!

Location: Glover Park NW, DC
Compensation: 28,000-35,000 Base + Bonus
Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

Posting ID: 3870142209

Posted: 2013-06-14, 9:15AM EDT

If you’re interested, here’s a link to the ad: Craigslist.

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“Drastic changes are happening here at Sprig & Sprout,” boasts the website of the Vietnamese restaurant at 2317 Wisconsin Ave. “Our new menu is out! The upstairs is open. Stop in for happy hour!” In contrast to the brightly lit, eat-in-or-carry-out pho café downstairs, the upstairs bar offers table service in a cozy atmosphere. The upstairs menu includes appetizers as well as an array of alcoholic drinks.

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The trattoria Arcuri (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) has made a few changes to the ground-floor space it took over from Kavanagh’s Pizza Pub a few months ago. Gone are the tall booths that separated the bar area from the front dining room—and hid the narrow bar. The idea was to open up the view from outside to make a more inviting, friendly space, says Adam Hiltebeitel, one of the restaurant’s four co-owners. The owners have also redone the bathrooms and created a simple, rustic/industrial design in the dining room with a new bar and new poured-concrete floors. The restaurant will quietly open for dinner later this week with a limited menu so staff can work out the inevitable kinks in their procedures. Its official opening is June 22, Hiltebeitel says.

UPDATE: Prince of Petworth has more info and tons of pix.

UPDATE 2: Eater has some tasty deets about the cuisine.

UPDATE 3: Patch has info on the interior and the housemade limoncello!

UPDATE 4: City Paper has more on the limoncello.

UPDATE 5: Brightest Young Things goes into detail on food prep.

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The attorney for Mahmood “Max” Keshani, owner of Max’s Best Homemade Ice Cream (2416 Wisconsin Ave.), says lease negotiations between Max and his landlords are ongoing, despite the landlords’ earlier decision not to renew Keshani’s lease when it expires on June 30. “Max and the landlord are in productive discussions and have agreed that there are not to be any statements issued to the press until the discussions have been concluded,” says the lawyer, who has asked that his name not be published. “At that time a joint statement will be issued by the parties.”

Previously, the attorney told us that Keshani had “no intention” of vacating the premises on June 30. He told the Georgetown Current, however, that Keshani might not have the heart to wage a long-term battle to hold onto the building indefinitely. “Max would like to stay in business long enough to pass it down to his [baby] grandson,” the attorney was quoted as saying. But given “how long that process would play out … [and] the stressors involved, it’s probably settling in a different way.” We’ve been told by someone not involved in the negotiations that the attorney hopes to extend Keshani’s lease through November 30.

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District Department of Transportation workers will completely remove a painted median strip on Wisconsin Ave. between Calvert and Garfield streets, reports the Georgetown Current in the Georgetown Dish. The surprise work began last week.

The decision to reopen the middle lane of Wisconsin Ave. to traffic was made “in the interest of pedestrian and vehicle safety,” chief traffic engineer James Cheeks wrote in a notice quoted by the Current. The median strip was added earlier this year in the name of pedestrian safety, but many have blamed it for long traffic backups on Wisconsin and additional cut-through traffic elsewhere in Glover Park.

City Council member Jack Evans, who represents Georgetown, has advocated removing the painted median strip all the way south to Whitehaven, but City Council member Mary Cheh, who represents Glover Park, told the Current he shouldn’t count on it: “’We’re not going to do that,’ said Cheh, who chairs the council’s transportation committee. ‘I don’t think we’re at the stage yet of throwing out all that work in Glover Park.’”

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Look out Bruegger’s: Einstein Bros. Bagels is coming at you. This morning, the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment approved the Colorado-based chain’s application to open a restaurant at 2233 Wisconsin Ave., in the former Vespa and Fan Fair spaces, which have been vacant since 2008. As we reported in March, Einstein’s needed a special zoning exception because its use of disposable silverware and food-warming equipment (specifically a soup warmer, convection oven, and panini press) classified it as a fast-food restaurant, which is limited to 18 seats. Einstein’s architectural plans call for a dining room with 55 seats, plus seating for 27 more outdoors.

According to the website of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, today’s zoning decision clears the way for the Einstein’s building permit application to be approved. A spokeswoman for Einstein Bros. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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