Posts Tagged ‘George’

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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Four part-owners of Gin & Tonic (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) have lost their bid to expand the capacity of their Georgetown night spot, George (3251 Prospect St.), The Georgetown Dish reports.

“The May 4 decision called George’s petition ‘inappropriate based on the Petitioner’s previous and current failures to comply with the ABC laws,'” the Dish stated. Near neighbors of the club have complained of noise and inappropriate behavior there. Two separate assaults on the dance floor at George last year will be the subject of an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board hearing scheduled for May 18.

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From the April 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A hearing about potential violations of the voluntary agreement at George drinking club in Georgetown (3251 Prospect St.) has been postponed until May 18. George’s four owners recently bought part ownership of Gin & Tonic (2408 Wisconsin Ave.).

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From the March 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On March 23, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will hold a hearing on charges that George (3251 Prospect St.) violated its Voluntary Agreement (VA). The drinking club—owned by four men who last year bought part ownership of Gin & Tonic (2408 Wisconsin Ave.)—operates under a VA that limits the club’s capacity to 99 and forbids dancing except at private parties, among other restrictions. George has also been charged with making a substantial change to its operations without the board’s permission.

The charges stem from an incident last March during which a fight started between two strangers on the club’s dance floor. One of the men ended up throwing a beer bottle at the other, causing a head wound that required 14 stitches to close, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration investigator’s report. ABRA is currently investigating a similar incident that happened on December 5: during another fight between strangers inside the club, one man got a two-inch laceration on his head that required stitches to close, according to a police report. The victim didn’t know whether or not a weapon was used, the report stated. George’s license could potentially be suspended or revoked over the incidents.

In a separate matter, George has applied to terminate its VA so it can increase its capacity; the club argues that it must do so in order to remain profitable. The Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission, the Citizens Association of Georgetown, and a group of near neighbors have all lodged protests, and a hearing on the matter was held on February 9.

Hunter Campbell, a member of the George and Gin & Tonic owners’ group, declined to comment because the case is ongoing. Gin & Tonic currently operates under a VA that governs its trash-disposal policy, among other matters.

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When four owners of George, a drinking club at 3251 Prospect Street in Georgetown, bought part ownership in Gin & Tonic at 2408 Wisconsin Avenue last year, they promised to revamp the Glover Park bar to serve a slightly older, calmer crowd. But at George, it seems, the crowd is every bit as boisterous as Gin & Tonic’s current clientele—if not more so.

As the Georgetown Dish reports today, George’s neighbors complain of disruptions caused by club patrons. “They get sick, they get drunk. They are standing outside there,” an unnamed source told the Dish. “Many times we have seen people puke.”

Dancing is currently prohibited by the club’s liquor license, but the Dish reports that it frequently occurs there. The blog quotes one satisfied customer on Yelp: “This place gets drunker, and louder, and more festive as the night goes on, to the point where by 1:30 or 2 everyone from one end of the bar to the other is dancing, or making out, or both.”

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