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From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B has filed a protest against a planned roof deck at the Savoy Suites Hotel (2505 Wisconsin Ave.). The ANC will withdraw its protest if the hotel reaches a compromise agreement with neighbors, according to commissioner Jackie Blumenthal.
The planned deck, which would have a seating capacity of 136, is part of an ongoing renovation that will end with the hotel being renamed “The Glover Park Hotel.” Near neighbors have raised concerns about the deck’s potential to create late-night noise and parking problems. The Savoy has been negotiating with neighbors to establish rules for the deck that would address their concerns, but at press time, no compromise had been reached.

The rooftop deck at Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) operates under a voluntary agreement that stipulates it must be closed by midnight, and any music must be recorded, unamplified, and inaudible outside of the premises. The ANC argues that any new rooftop deck in the neighborhood should not be allowed to stay open later or play louder music. (Two other establishments, Mason Inn at 2408 Wisconsin Ave. and Mad Fox Tap Room at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., are allowed to serve alcohol on rooftop decks, but neither of those decks has been built.)

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From the November 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On September 22, Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) was the site of a second-degree theft: someone stole one bottle of Grey Goose vodka and three bottles of Jose Cuervo tequila. Security video footage showed the culprit: a tall, thin man who looked to be in his 40s. Police printed out still shots of the thief and distributed them to other businesses on the commercial strip.

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From the February 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) now offers delivery from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., as well as curbside pickup at their back entrance on 37th Street. To order, call 202-380-9353.

 

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Show your Balance Gym (2121 Wisconsin Ave.) membership card at Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) and you’ll get 10% off your bill. The discount also works at Jetties locations in Bethesda, North Cleveland Park, I Street, and Foxhall.

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On April 24 at 5:50 p.m., a Glover Park resident’s month-old MacBook Air was stolen from in front of 2300 Wisconsin Ave.—the Starbucks building—by an unknown person, the victim told police.

On the evening May 25, a patron of Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) dined at a table with her purse at her feet. While she was seated, an unknown person swiped her wallet and passport from her purse, a police report states.

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In discussions about the potential renewal of the Glover Park liquor license moratorium—which ANC 3B is voting on tonight—two convenient fallacies have been put forth on the ANC’s website. Convenient, that is, for those who want to extend the moratorium as-is.

The first fallacy is the notion that two full-service (CR) liquor licenses have long been available in the neighborhood, “one of which has been on the market for 3 years.” In fact, the license for Town Hall’s old location, 2218 Wisconsin Ave., was in use until last month, and the license for Margarita’s restaurant, which closed at 2317 Wisconsin Ave. in 2008, went on the market only recently, in response to spontaneous interest from two separate parties. The suggestion that there’s no market for the neighborhood’s currently available CR licenses is incorrect.

The second fallacy is the idea that an attempt to attract new restaurants to the neighborhood by adding three new CR licenses in 2008 failed. “All three new CR licenses were taken by establishments currently operating in Glover Park,” the ANC’s website states.

But only one of those three licenses was applied for by an established Glover Park business, Rocklands (2418 Wisconsin Ave.), and it was granted only over the strong objections of then-commissioner Alan Blevins. Blevins argued that “the ANC’s intent in adding three liquor licenses was to expand business along Wisconsin Ave.,” so the license should go to a new establishment.

No such objection was raised to the CR license applications for Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) or Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.), which won the other two new licenses. And why not? Because they weren’t in operation when they applied for the licenses.

The Glover Park Citizens’ Association first voted to support additional CR licenses in the neighborhood in November, 2007. The ANC did likewise in January, 2008. As soon as the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ruled to add three licenses in April, 2008, Breadsoda and Surfside immediately applied. Both restaurants had already rented space in Glover Park by then, but neither was open yet. (They both opened that summer, using DR licenses that allowed them to sell wine and beer, but not spirits. Glover Park’s moratorium does not limit the number of DR licenses. After administrative delays, their CR licenses were issued in 2009.)

Breadsoda shares owners with Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.) and Surfside shares owners with Smith Point (1338 Wisconsin Ave.). The suggestion that both these ownership groups simultaneously decided to open new restaurants in Glover Park without a thought of eventually serving hard liquor—while at the very same time, the GPCA and ANC were publicly expressing their support for additional CR licenses—does not compute. Much more likely is that the public support for new CR licenses attracted two new restaurants hoping to snag them.

In debating whether the moratorium should be extended, with or without alterations, the ANC has much to consider. But they should consider the matter in the light of the true market for Glover Park’s current CR licenses and the true past effect of adding new ones.

This piece reflects the views of its author and should not be attributed to the Glover Park Gazette.

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From the February 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl on February 5? Glover Park has got you covered.

Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.) will offer happy hour draft beer prices (i.e., $2 off), whiskey specials, and half-price appetizers from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) plans $3 Bud, Bud Light, PBR, and Miller Lite; free pool, shuffleboard, and Wii till closing; and food specials including nachos, tacos, and chili dogs from noon to closing that day.

Heritage Asia (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) will offer Tandoori wings for $5, tap beers for $3, and margarita pitchers for $16 during the Super Bowl.

Kavanagh’s (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) will offer its “barstool special” from 5 p.m. on: a pint of beer plus a slice of pizza for $5. They’ll also have wings for $5.

Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) will have themed drink specials for each team, specials on Bud Light pitchers, and a DJ playing before and after the game and during halftime.

If you’re hosting a party, Old Europe (2434 Wisconsin Ave.) is offering free delivery on a party platter that feeds 10-12 people. The $150 platter features handmade pretzels with “Obatzda” (beer cheese spread), bite size chicken schnitzel and “Frikadellen” (meatballs), sausage sampler with mustard duo and curry ketchup, potato pancakes with a garlic-parsley dip, and your choice of potato salad, sauerkraut or tossed greens. To order, call 202-333-7600.

Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) will be featuring its taco bar: grilled steak, chicken and shrimp, plus toppings including guacamole and lime sour cream, for $19.95 per person.

Town Hall (2340 Wisconsin Ave.) hadn’t cemented its Super Bowl plans at press time, but “we’ll take a stab at doing something fun,” says managing partner Paul Holder.

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