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From the April 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A breach-of-contract lawsuit against the owners of the defunct JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) was dismissed on March 11 because the plaintiff couldn’t locate the defendants, court records show. The plaintiff, Michael Papanicolas, is himself a former owner of the strip club.

Last July, Papanicolas filed suit against the company he sold the club to—Wisconsin Ventures, LLC—as well as its representative, Paul Kadlick. His complaint alleged that the defendants still owed him $375,000 from the 2012 sale of the club. (Two months after the August, 2012 sale, ownership of the club was transferred to a company called The Vice Group, also represented by Kadlick.)

The court granted Papanicolas two extensions of the deadline to prove that he had served the defendants with summonses, but he was not able to do so. The case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning that Papanicolas can re-file the suit if he discovers a way to serve papers on the defendants.

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From the April 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Capitalizing on the publicity surrounding a controversial traffic-calming plan for Wisconsin Ave., JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) will reopen this summer as “The Median Strip,” a gridlock-themed adult club to feature male dancers portraying construction workers, crossing guards, and other traffic-related characters, according to a source close to the club’s owner. JP’s, which formerly featured female dancers, has been closed since January 2008, when a fire destroyed its original building. A replacement structure at 2412 Wisconsin Ave. has been vacant since its completion in mid-2010.

The Wisconsin Ave. streetscape project, which will widen some sidewalks and replace streetlights in Glover Park’s commercial district, is expected to begin this month and snarl traffic through the end of construction in November. Critics fear the gridlock may extend beyond that, though, since the project will convert part of the current roadway into a painted median strip. Project supporters counter that if traffic problems do persist, the median can be removed.

But even after the streetscape-project congestion ends—assuming it does—The Median Strip’s theme might still be fitting. For the sake of propriety, the club plans to replace the building’s large picture windows with a trompe l’oeil mural by local artist Jarrett Ferrier, our source tells us. That mural will depict Charles Carroll Glover, the philanthropist for whom Glover Park is named, as a shirtless jackhammer operator wearing a necktie and a come-hither look—a sight that could cause rubbernecking jam-ups in front of the building for years to come.

True fact: there’s a public meeting about the streetscape project at Stoddert Elementary School on April 3 at 7:45 pm.

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The former home of JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) has been listed for sale at $2.4 million. The building is also for lease.

Where this leaves the dormant liquor license for JP’s—one of the few in the District that allows nude dancing—is unclear. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration approved the license’s transfer to a new owner, one Brian Petruska, in October, and it seemed JP’s would reopen. But a lease on the building signed by the former owner of JP’s last summer must not be in force. Restrictions on where strip clubs can operate in the District are so onerous that it’s unlikely JP’s could reopen anywhere other than its old location, which was destroyed in a 2008 fire.

We’ve requested comment from involved parties but haven’t heard anything back yet.

UPDATE: We can now definitively say that no one’s talking. Two members of the family group that owns the building—including Barbara Alafoginis, the listing real estate agent—failed to respond to emailed requests for comment. The phone number Petruska provided to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) has been disconnected, and Petruska’s representative, Andrew Kline of the Veritas law firm, failed to respond to multiple phone messages left with his receptionist over the course of several days. If you hear anything about the future of JP’s, let us know! Our confidential email tips line is csctips at gmail dot com.

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