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The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) is one step closer to serving alcohol on a new rooftop deck, after the bar hammered out a plan to address neighbors’ noise concerns. An Alcoholic Beverage Control Board hearing on the matter had been scheduled for this week, but it was postponed until June 19, to allow time for the various protesting groups to formally endorse the plan. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B, the Glover Park Citizens’ Association, ANC 3C (which serves Cathedral Heights), and a group of 19 near neighbors had each protested the Mason Inn’s application to open a rooftop “summer garden.”

According to ANC 3B Commissioner Brian Cohen, the settlement agreement stipulates that the roof deck will close at 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and at midnight on Thursday through Saturday; will feature no music or speakers of any kind; and will be encircled by a wall as high as the roof line of the houses directly behind the bar on 37th St. The ABC Board has not yet approved the pact, but with all parties in agreement, it would be unlikely not to.

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Big news day on the Avenue: as reported by Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Brian Cohen on Twitter, a Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches shop is coming to 2428 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Custom TV Solutions. Stay tuned for details.

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On August 13, two men—Jason K. Daniel and Philip M. Mathew—applied to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration to take over the liquor license for the dormant JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.). On their application, the men listed themselves as the president, secretary, and managing member (Daniel) and vice president and treasurer (Mathew) of Wisconsin Ventures, LLC, the corporation that owns JP’s.

Last year, Local Man of Mystery Brian Petruska identified himself to ABRA as the president, secretary, and manager of Wisconsin Ventures. Now that Daniel holds those titles, where does that leave Petruska—let alone Paul Kadlick and Gokhan “Jake” Akkus, who in May represented themselves to ANC 3B as having bought a 90 percent share of JP’s?

We spoke to Kadlick, and he tried to explain the matryoshka doll of holding companies that now surrounds the strip club. Due to unspecified business and tax considerations, Kadlick says, he and Akkus did not end up purchasing the club directly. Instead, a partnership called The Vice Group purchased 90 percent of the shares in Wisconsin Ventures. The remaining 10 percent of the stock in Wisconsin Ventures was retained by Brian Petruska. Wisconsin Ventures owns a company called BJ Enterprises, which owns the JP’s license.

Kadlick is the authorized spokesperson for The Vice Group, but he insists that he does not hold an ownership stake in that group. Daniel and Mathew, who do hold ownership stakes, are both area nightclub promoters and managers who “are longtime associates of mine,” says Kadlick. They will be responsible for the club’s day-to-day operations, he adds. We asked Kadlick how he stood to gain from JP’s without being an owner, and he told us that the business is part of a larger structure of deals he could not discuss.

Last week, several Glover Park civic leaders sent a letter to ABRA chief Fred Moosally expressing concerns about the transfer application. In the letter, ANC commissioners Jackie Blumenthal and Brian Cohen, Glover Park Citizens’ Association president Sheila Meehan, and attorney Milton Grossman called upon ABRA to transfer the JP’s license only to “people who have demonstrated their qualification to run a legal, above-board operation.” The liquor board seems likely to go ahead with the transfer, though. In response to our inquiry, ABRA spokesman Bill Hager reminded us that, no matter who holds the license, JP’s will have to survive a public protest period before it’s allowed to reopen.

Kadlick plans to attend the September 13 ANC meeting, where he will discuss the club’s security and valet parking arrangements. He says the ANC should be reassured by his knowledge of the neighborhood and its needs. “I’m not embarrassed to tell you I’ve been a patron of JP’s for 20 years,” he says. “It’s an upscale neighborhood, and we’re going to cater to that customer.”

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The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics yesterday published the names of candidates running for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B in the November 6 general election. Each of the ANC’s five single-member districts will have one unopposed candidate.

Sitting commissioners Jackie Blumenthal, Charles Cinque Fulwood, and Brian Cohen are running for re-election in SMDs 2, 3, and 5, respectively. Joe Fiorillo is running to represent SMD 1, as his late wife, Cathy, once did. That district is currently represented by Ben Thielen, who is not running for re-election.

Mary C. Young is running to replace longtime ANC member Howie Kreitzman in SMD 4 (Cathedral Heights). Kreitzman resigned last month because he is moving to New York.

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According to the unofficial results of yesterday’s election, Jackie Blumenthal held onto her Advisory Neighborhood Commission seat, winning 236 votes to challenger Alev Akbulut’s 40. (There were six write-in votes.) The neighborhood’s other ANC races were uncontested, and the new ANC will consist of Blumenthal, fellow incumbents Howie Kreitzman and Brian Cohen, Glover Park Citizens’ Association secretary Mark Stevens, and Ben Thielen of the Wisconsin Avenue Streetcar Coalition.

Vincent Gray won the mayor’s office by a wide margin citywide, but in Glover Park’s precinct, he only narrowly beat “WRITE IN,” 609 to 593. The names on write-in ballots have not yet been reported, but one would expect many of these to go to current mayor Adrian Fenty, whose supporters pushed a write-in effort after he lost to Gray in the primary. (In our precinct, Carlos Allen got 49 votes for mayor; Faith got 26; and Omari Musa got 8.)

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