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Reed Landry and Fritz Brogan, both owners of The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.), will open a “modern American restaurant” together at 1336 U Street, according to the Washington Business Journal. The two men also co-own Mission Mexican restaurant (1606 20th St.) in Dupont Circle and  the Georgetown nightclub Chinese Disco (3251 Prospect Ave.), formerly known as George. The pair have no plans to close Mason Inn, the paper reports. Last we heard, talks on a possible move from Mason Inn’s current location to 2412 Wisconsin Ave.—the vacant former home of JP’s Lounge—were ongoing.

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The Mad Fox Taproom (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) is slated to finally open this spring, more than a year behind schedule, according to the Washington Business Journal. Surprises during renovations of the aged building have created delays and raised construction costs from $500,000 to $1.3 million, reporter Rebecca Cooper writes. But soon, the uncovering of long-forgotten windows, hearths, and archways “will lead to an end result that is full of original brick, interesting architectural details and a relaxed, neighborhood pub feel,” she adds. The building is the former home of Mayfair & Pine.

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Intriguing ad popped up on Craigslist recently:

Glover Park/Georgetown Restaurant for sale – $275000 (Glover Park/Georgetown)

Fully operational restaurant for sale in Glover Park/Georgetown. Fully equipped kitchen. 30 seat dining room. Averages $15k in weekly sales.

Dry storage in basement. 3 room office/apartment on second floor.

If you know more, do tell in the comments!

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From the February 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On January 5, a judge ordered that the liquor license for JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) be turned over to the federal government as part of a plea deal in a cocaine trafficking case. The defendant, Lawrence Carl Nelson, pled guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Nelson, a co-owner of the license, is believed to have bankrolled the club’s 2012 purchase by a partnership known as The Vice Group. Also seized by the feds was a $1 million promissory note from The Vice Group to Nelson, according to the judge’s order.

The strip club was evicted from its building last July for nonpayment of rent, and the building has been vacant since then. The landlords found the original liquor license on the premises and turned it over to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration for safekeeping.

Meanwhile, the club’s former owner, Michael Papanicolas, is suing The Vice Group and its spokesman, Paul Kadlick, for breach of contract. Papanicolas claims he is owed at least $375,000 from the 2012 sale. There was a hearing on the case held January 9, but no defendants showed up. Another hearing has been scheduled for March 27.

As for the building, the owners of The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) are in talks to move to the larger JP’s space. Although neither the landlords nor the Mason Inn owners are talking publicly about the negotiations, the Georgetown Current has reported that the Mason Inn owners are interested in purchasing the building.

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The Mason Inn (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) is investigating the possibility of a move next door into the vacant former home of JP’s Lounge (2408 Wisconsin Ave.). The bar’s owners will appear before Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B at its December 10 meeting to discuss the proposal.

“Mason Inn has a tavern license…as well as permission to offer live-music entertainment and to serve alcohol on a roof deck,” the ANC’s agenda notes. “This move will make it impossible for the JP’s nude dancing license to ever be used in Glover Park.” The same landlord—a group of members of the Alafoginis family—owns both buildings. We hear from knowledgeable sources that no lease has yet been signed.

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From the December 2014-January 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

 Attention artists and art lovers: In January, the upstairs dining room at Sprig & Sprout (2317 Wisconsin Ave.) will start doubling as a gallery. Each month, the restaurant plans to display the work of one local artist. First Mondays—beginning January 5—will feature a public art opening with specially priced drinks and finger foods. The restaurant is actively seeking submissions from interested artists.

The artwork will be for sale directly from the artists, and the restaurant will not take a commission on any sales, says co-owner Jennifer Hoang. “We believe the relationship is already mutually advantageous, and we want the artists to benefit as much from their work as possible,” she explains.

The restaurant’s Supper Club tasting dinners are “still going strong,” Hoang adds. These prix fixe meals are usually scheduled for the third and fourth Mondays of the month, though in December, the supper club will be held on December 8 due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

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From the December 2014-January 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) is looking to crowdfund the construction of a rooftop deck. An online campaign launched on October 7 offers rewards in exchange for investment. Anyone who donates $20 will get a $20 credit towards his or her Mason Inn bar tab. Donate $100 and get a $100 bar credit plus a “sweet T-shirt.” Any funds raised will go towards building “a spectacular rooftop that will over look Wisconsin Avenue and Guy Mason Park,” the campaign’s page states. Last year, Mason Inn secured permission from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to serve drinks on a future rooftop deck.

Donations were not exactly pouring in at our press time in mid-November: only $90 had been pledged towards a goal of $150,000. The campaign runs through December 6 at indiegogo.com/projects/glover-park-rooftop.

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