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2140WisconsinIn1985ByRobertStoessenFacebook user Robert Stoesen posted a 1989 photograph of Wisconsin Ave. to the “Old Time D.C.” public group. The onetime site of Murrell’s Television and Video Rentals, 2140 Wisconsin Ave., is now the location of the under-construction Elyasi Place Condominiums.

For comparison, here’s what the block looked like this morning:

2100 block Wisconsin, 6/27/2014

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On June 25, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted to extend alcohol sales at Safeway (1855 Wisconsin Ave.) by two hours in the morning. The grocer is now approved to sell beer and wine from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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A couple of weeks ago, JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) was wrangling with the Office of Tax and Revenue over a sales tax lien. Within a few days, JP’s had entered an agreement with OTR and reopened. Then, it filed for bankruptcy.

On June 20, the club submitted a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, reporting assets of $500,000 to $1 million and liabilities of $100,000 to $500,000. In a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a corporation can restructure its business while continuing to operate. For example, the company can renegotiate the terms of its loans or cancel contracts. The goal of this kind of bankruptcy is to satisfy all of the company’s creditors and stay in business.

The tax lien against JP’s had demanded $654,077.87 for the years 2008–2013, during most of which time the club was shuttered due to a fire. Club representative Paul Kadlick earlier told us that the lien was filed in error and that JP’s owed no back taxes at all, but an OTR representative declined to confirm this. The representative, Natalie Wilson, told us today that the agency allowed the club to reopen “based on an agreement with the taxpayer and OTR.”

We have called Kadlick for comment on the bankruptcy and will update when we hear back.

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“The aptly-named Glover Park Beer Garden opens on Wednesday,” writes Anna Spiegel in Washingtonian. “The summer-long pop-up takes over the outdoor patio of the Savoy Suites Hotel at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest, and will serve a range of brews and German-style eats.” To minimize noise complaints, the outdoor bar will close at 11 p.m., Spiegel writes.

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Slate Wine Bar & Bistro (2404 Wisconsin Ave.) will help Glover Parkers prepare for the July 4 holiday by offering free mussels and drink specials on July 1, 2, and 3. The event, called the Slate Summer Festival, is intended as a neighborhood get-together, says event coordinator Ashley Lovelace. “We wanted to catch people before they go away for the long weekend,” she adds.

House wines will cost $5 per glass and select beers will cost $3 during the festival, which lasts from 5 to 8 p.m. on each of the three nights. Along with the free mussels, a selection of other appetizers will be available at prices of $4 to $9.

Interested guests can RSVP on Facebook or by emailing contact@slatewinebar.com.

And as a reminder, every Wednesday is “Wine Wednesday” at Slate. With any wine that is sold by the glass at the restaurant, you can buy two full bottles for the price of one on Wednesdays.

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“With great joy and much pleasure, we had supper with old friends tonight,” wrote Glover Parker Jim Tate on June 20 on the neighborhood’s Yahoo newsgroup. “Sushi Ko [2309 Wisconsin Ave.] has reopened as Sushi Keiko (pron. Sushi Ko) with [general manager] David [Zhang], [chef] Koji [Terano], and all of our old friends. Boy did we miss you.”

Sushi Ko closed last July due to tax issues. The new restaurant’s president and liquor licensee is Wei Zhang, who owns the restaurant with his sister Min. (The owners are not related to David Zhang.) According to a sign in the window, Sushi Keiko opens at 5:30 p.m. every night but Monday.

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Subway Pele backpacksNot only does Subway (2216 Wisconsin Ave.) now offer kids’ meals. In honor of World Cup, the sandwich shop is giving away a free yellow-and-green Pelé backpack with each kids’ meal, while supplies last. [Insert soccer-ish sounding exclamation of delight here.]

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