On The Look Out

New Year, New Leaf for Third Edition?

February 1, 2012

"They've brought in a new management team and ran ads in local college publications to show they're serious about changing the long-standing perception that Third Edition was the place for underage students to go to drink." Third Edition's licensing representative, Andrew Kline was describing recent actions by the popular Georgetown establishment following closure for four days over New Year's by the D.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABRA) for violations stemming from two occasions when minors were served alcohol.

"Hopefully the new ads will send a clear signal that underage students aren't welcome, and the new management will be effective," said ANC Commissioner, Bill Starrels.

The suspension was imposed after An Emergency Motion for Reconsideration from Andrew Kline was denied on December 21, 2011 with a vote of 4 to 0. Acknowledging that Third Edition was found to be in violation of D.C. Official Code, council member Jack Evans requested (through a letter sent to Nick Alberti, ABRA interim chairperson on December 20th) that they "reconsider the dates selected for suspension. This is a big day for any licensee in the District, and would be an extreme hardship."

The days of suspension were served from December 29, 2011 through January 2, 2012. A fine of $3,000 was paid in full on January 26, 2012.

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Third Edition liquor license suspended over New Years

December 21, 2011

On Friday, December 14, 2011, the Alcohol Beverage Control Board (1ABRA) suspended the operating license of Third Edition restaurant at 1218 Wisconsin Avenue for five days to be served between December 29, 2011 and January 2, 2012. Andrew Kline, who represents many holders and applicants of liquor licenses, represents Third Edition in this matter.

"This is a clear signal from ABRA that this serious stuff, "ANC 2 Commissioner, Bill Starrels told The Georgetown Dish.

The closing order for this popular Georgetown establishment (open since 1969) stems from two occasions in 2011 where Third Edition failed to ascertain the legal age of drinkers and served alcohol to minors.

The history of violations cited against Third Edition dates back to 2004 and includes numerous instances of customers being assaulted and disorderly conduct by patrons. 

Cynthia Symms, community research officer at ABRA had this to say, "We don't comment on pending cases." Third Edition has until December 24 to file a motion for reconsideration. 

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Thanksgiving Day explosion on Wisconsin Avenue

November 24, 2011

A building collapsed in the 1400 block of Wisconsin Avenue. This, according to NBCWashington.com, "An apparent explosion in Georgetown destroyed two businesses on Wisconsin Avenue Thursday afternoon. First-responders found the windows blown out at 1422 and 1424 Wisconsin Ave. NW, D.C. Fire and EMS reported."

Streets were closed in the area of Wisconsin Avenue and O Street. Businesses in the area were evacuated Thursday.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

1422 Wisconsin Avenue (Photo by: Judith Beermann) 1422 Wisconsin Avenue

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