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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 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:

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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From the April 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A building permit for a rooftop deck at The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) was issued on February 7, and the deck should be under construction soon, according to tavern co-owner Fritz Brogan. “Due to the building’s age and some other logistical issues, construction planning has been more complicated than we originally anticipated,” Brogan says, “but we’re eagerly awaiting the day that our neighbors can enjoy cool drinks on a warm day upstairs.” Brogan expects the deck to open this summer. The new outdoor space will seat 51 patrons, according to the permit.

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The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board yesterday voted to allow The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) to serve alcohol on a new rooftop deck. Construction permits will be filed this week, and the deck should open in September, says co-owner Fritz Brogan. The bar’s ownership agreed to several noise-reduction measures—including encircling the deck with a wall—to resolve formal protests filed by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B and a group of near neighbors. “We’re excited for the rooftop to open,” says Brogan. “We’re glad we were able to find common ground with the ANC, and we’re looking forward for the rooftop being a place that all of our Glover Park neighbors can enjoy.”

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The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) was not at fault for a bizarre attack that occurred several blocks from the bar in March, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ruled last week. The confrontation, in which a drunken proponent of religion smashed an atheist in the face with a fraternity paddle, started after the victim had left the bar, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration investigator’s report. The paddler was not named in the investigator’s report.

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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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