Archive for July, 2014

JP's eviction, shot by a citizen journalistWe hear that a U.S. Marshall is currently [on the morning of July 17] overseeing the eviction of JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.). The strip club’s belongings span the sidewalk space from Z-Burger (2414 Wisconsin Ave.) down to Heads & Nails (2352 Wisconsin Ave.), an eyewitness reports.

The club had filed for bankruptcy protection on June 20, but Judge S. Martin Teel dismissed the case on July 2. JP’s corporate holding company, BJ Enterprises, had sought to represent itself in the suit, but that is not allowed in bankruptcy court. “It is well-established that corporate entities such as the debtor are not permitted to appear pro-se and must be represented and appear through counsel,” Teel’s order states.

JP’s shut down temporarily in early June, after the Office of Tax and Revenue placed a $654,077.87 lien on the business for back sales tax. Although that lien was almost certainly at least partly in error—since it included tax owed for several years when the club generated no sales—an OTR representative declined to confirm that the club’s tax debts had been paid in full.

Meanwhile, it seems the club’s landlord, a group of members of the Alafoginis family, had filed suit against the corporate owner of BJ Enterprises, The Vice Group, on January 27 of last year, according to landlord-tenant court records. A writ of restitution—basically, permission to evict the tenant—was approved by the court on May 13.

We have called representatives of the Vice Group and the Alafoginis family for details and will update when we hear back.

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The Washington Post interviewed the brother of Michael Hrizuk, who died on July 2 of injuries received in a June 21 assault behind Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.). The brother, Bill Hrizuk, told the Post that his brother “fell and struck his head during an altercation.” The deceased was a married Air Force veteran and a retired air traffic controller, according to the Post.

Police officials declined to comment on the case because the investigation is ongoing.

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Michael Hrizuk, 57, died of blunt impact head injury, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined. Hrizuk, an Arlington resident, died on July 2, two weeks after emergency personnel found him injured in the 2300 block of Wisconsin Ave. According to our sources, police were called to the alley behind Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) shortly before 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 21. They discovered Hrizuk injured on the ground and took him to the hospital. His assailant is believed to be a young white male.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information can be submitted to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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Sprig & Sprout (2317 Wisconsin Ave.) is launching two Facebook-related drawings for free food and drink.

Starting this week, the Vietnamese restaurant will reimburse the lunch order of one customer every Tuesday between 11 am and 4 pm. On Tuesday mornings, Sprig & Sprout’s owners will post a random number on the restaurant’s Facebook page. When a customer’s order number matches that random number, the customer’s order (up to $20 worth) will be reimbursed. See the restaurant’s website for rules.

Along with that weekly lunch lottery, the restaurant is holding a monthly raffle for a gift certificate—and the more people enter, the bigger that certificate will be. To enter, post a photo of yourself eating at Sprig & Sprout on their Facebook page according to the contest rules.

Sprig & Sprout already hosts very popular tasting dinners that tend to sell out well in advance. The new contests are meant to engage customers in a more spontaneous way, says co-owner Jennifer Hoang. “We decided we wanted to be more interactive with our customers, plus have a little more fun on Facebook,” Hoang stated in a press release. “It makes eating here a bit more fun, and possibly rewarding.”

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Metropolitan Police detectives are investigating an “undetermined death” on the 2300 block of Wisconsin Ave., according to a department press release.

Officers and emergency vehicles responded to a call for help shortly before 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, the release states. They found Michael Hrizuk, 57, of Arlington injured on the ground and took him to the hospital. On Wednesday, July 2, Hrizuk “succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead,” according to the release. The cause and manner of death have not yet been determined.

NBC4 has reported that Hrizuk’s injuries were caused by an assault, and this jibes with what we have heard. Although MPD Commander Michael Reese did not respond to our earlier inquiry on this matter, we’ve been told by two sources that the site of the incident was the alley behind Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) and that Hrizuk’s assailant seemed to be a young white man.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call them at (202) 727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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Dumplings & Beyond (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) recently circulated a carry-out menu to local households. The Chinese restaurant, which specializes in handmade dumplings, now offers delivery within a three-mile radius. The minimum order for delivery is $25. For information, call 202-338-3815.

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